Boise Idaho, September 24, 2001 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:
CY), Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDTI), Micron Technology,
Inc. (NYSE: MU), NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY), and Samsung Electronics
Co, Ltd. (KSE: 05930) today announced that Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT)
has signed a letter of intent to join the Quad Data Rate (QDRTM)
co-development team to design and manufacture a complete family of
Quad Data Rate and Double Data Rate (DDR) static RAM (SRAM) devices.
QDR and DDR devices are multi-sourced, high-performance memory architectures
designed to provide customers with the highest performance data-rate
family of products needed for use in switches, routers and other communications
We are pleased to announce we are joining the QDR co-development
team, said Bob Fusco, Director of System Memory Product Business
Unit, Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc. The QDR group defined
a complete family of networking SRAM products with superior timing
and functionality. Our customers tell us QDR products are their choice
for networking applications.
The addition of Hitachi to the QDR co-development team enhances
our strength in the marketplace, said Hiroyuki Goto, Senior
Manager, Memory Engineering and Marketing for NEC Electronics. Hitachi
is a well-known SRAM technology leader, and their participation enhances
the capabilities of the team throughout the world and, specifically,
gives our customers in Asia increased local support.
Each member company provides system expertise and product direction.
Customers receive the collective benefit of the members' wide-range
of market experience and innovative technology.
With the addition of Hitachi, the QDR co-development team will
comprise six leading SRAM suppliers, each contributing its own state-of-the-art
technology, said Jerry Johnson, Micron's Strategic Product Marketing
Director for Networking. Having multiple, independent suppliers
ensures that QDR and DDR customers will always have an assured supply
of leading-edge SRAM products for their networking and communications
Rather than depending on foundries, each company uses its own state-of-the-art
fabrication facilities. This provides assurance for customers using
QDR products on key critical factors. For instance, each QDR member
has the ability to directly control all resources required to respond
to customers' needs. Also, customers are assured that future generations
of QDR products will be based on the latest fabrication technology
and product specifications. Lastly, customers can be assured that
packaging footprints for QDR products are leading edge.
Hitachi's extensive high-speed SRAM experience and their 0.13
micron process capability adds to a strong foundation already established
by the other five suppliers, said Mario Martinez, Strategic
Marketing Director for Cypress's Memory Products Division. With
such a powerful team of suppliers on board, QDR and DDR customers
are assured of a memory architecture that will handle their design
requirements well into the future.
Like other co-development team members, Hitachi will design their
devices using their own technology and will manufacture them in their
own fabrication facilities. Hitachi products will be delivered to
market according to the company's internal schedules.
The Networking Community has voiced a strong need for high-performance
SRAM products tailored specifically to meet their unique system requirements.
QDR products offer the best solution to their needs, said Mike
Pearson, Director of Networking Business Development, Samsung Semiconductor,
Inc. We welcome Hitachi joining the QDR co-development team.
It is a strategic move that will benefit all our customers.
In 1999, the QDR co-development team was created to define a new family
of SRAM architectures for high-performance communications applications.
In a revolutionary relationship, participating companies work closely
together to ensure multiple sources for the new QDR SRAMs by developing
pin- and function-compatible products. The QDR family of SRAM products
incorporates extensive input from networking industry leaders. QDR
devices have two ports independently running at twice the rate of
conventional synchronous memories, resulting in four data items per
clock cycle. The QDR family of products also includes double data
rate common and separate I/O definitions. Depending on the applications,
products in the QDR SRAM family can more than double SRAM device efficiency
The QDR co-development team consists of Cypress (www.cypress.com
), IDT (www.idt.com ), Micron (www.micron.com
), NEC (www.nec-global.com
), and Samsung (www.samsungelectronics.com).
These companies cooperate in the development of the QDR family of
networking SRAMs. Additional information on the QDR SRAM technologies,
including roadmaps, are available on our website at www.qdrsram.com.
For more information on Hitachi, Ltd., please visit Hitachi's Web
site at http://global.hitachi.com.
QDR RAMs and Quad Data Rate RAMs comprise a new
family of products developed by Cypress, IDT, Micron Technology, Inc.,
NEC, and Samsung. All other registered trademarks or trademarks are
the property of their respective owners.