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|Postponement of Start of Operation at New Front-end Manufacturing Plant|
TOKYO, September 28th, 2001
- Elpida Memory Inc. (Elpida) today announced that although
it will proceed with and advance the construction of the planned 300mm
wafer front-end manufacturing plant at the NEC Hiroshima site, equipment
installation will be postponed due to the unprecedented continued
worsening of conditions in the DRAM market, and added to by the inability
to read future conditions due to the recent terrorist attack on the
United States of America. Equipment installation at the new fab originally
scheduled to start in December 2001 will now commence from September
Elpida Memory Inc. (Elpida) was established in December
1999 as a joint venture DRAM company between NEC and Hitachi, bringing
together the engineering skills of both companies at Elpida's Development
and Device Center in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Elpida
has approximately 450 engineers working on development and design
of DRAM devices based on a leading edge 0.13-micron process rule.
In August 2000 the company succeeded in developing the world's first
256Mb DRAM using this leading-edge process rule, realizing a die-size
50% smaller than equivalent devices based on conventional 0.18-micron
Elpida, the only DRAM specialized company in Japan with all functions from development to production and sales, is aiming build strong ties with customers and take a leading position along side top DRAM companies in the world market.
About Elpida Memory, Inc.
Elpida's entire product line-up will be marketed under the Elpida brand name and will include DRAM devices and modules inherited from both NEC and Hitachi, as well as products designed and developed by Elpida as they become available for production. The company is currently involved in developing leading-edge DRAM products based on 0.13-micron process technology. Elpida's main DRAM foundries are located at NEC Hiroshima and Hitachi Nippon Steel Semiconductor Singapore with additional production capacity available from other NEC fabs.
For more information, visit Elpida's World Wide Web site at http://www.elpida.com
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|WRITTEN BY Corporate Communications Division