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New fab in Taiwan not yet final, Elpida says

Posted: 24 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Elpida Memory? DRAM? memory device? wafer fab? XX?

Elpida Memory Inc. has not finalized the location of a new wafer fab, the company said in response to a newspaper report stating the fab would be in Taiwan.

Elpida recently announced it would expand its existing Hiroshima fab, investing $2.7 billion (300 billion yen). Under the plan, the fab's current capacity of 55,000 300mm wafers a month would increase to 67,000 wafers a month by March 2007; 85,000 wafers a month by March 2008; and 100,000 wafers a month by March 2009. The expansion plan may be accelerated depending on the market demand.

Though willing to invest in expanding fabs, Yukio Sakamoto, president and CEO of Elpida, has also been advocating the importance of foundries. "When the dependence on foundries grows to even level as internal capacity, we can really aim at the world's top position," he said.

Presently, Elpida's ratio of internal capacity and foundry usage is 7 to 3, Sakamoto said when fiscal results were announced in April.

Elpida will likely increase its commitment to foundries before it goes for a new fab.

- Yoshiko Hara
EE Times

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