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Elpida, Powerchip solidify strategic alliance

Posted: 07 Mar 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:elpida memory? dram? powerchip semiconductor? wafer?

Japan-based DRAM maker Elpida Memory Inc. and Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. (PSC), a wafer manufacturer in Taiwan, have signed sales and purchasing contract agreements. The two companies also plan to sign a technology transfer agreement for 0.105m and 0.095m design and process technology in Japan.

Beginning in March 2003, Elpida will buy DRAM products from PSC that are produced using the Mitsubishi-developed 0.15- and 0.135m process, and later, PSC will produce DRAM products using Elpida's own 0.10- and 0.095m technology process. PSC is also entitled to develop, produce and sell its own products manufactured with Elpida's process technologies. As part of the agreement, PSC will provide up to 50 percent of its available 12-in. DRAM foundry capacity to Elpida.

Both parties are scheduled to begin a technical transfer training program in October 2003 in which PSC will send engineers to Japan for training, and Elpida will have its supporting team stationed at PSC. PSC plans to start the initial production of 0.105m processing at the beginning of 2004, with mass production intended for mid-2004. The 0.095m technology process is expected to commence in early 2005.

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