Japan’s Elpida reportedly to move 12-inch fab to Taiwan

Compiled from outside sources; Adam Connors, DigiTimes.com [Friday 12 April 2002]

Elpida, the wafer manufacture joint venture between Japanese heavyweights Hitachi and NEC, is considering moving its 12-inch fab currently under construction to Taiwan, possibly teaming up with Taiwan-based Powerchip Semiconductor (PSC), said the Economic Daily News Chinese-language newspaper. Elpida reportedly was motivated by its need to increase competitiveness.

PSC, the report said, refused to comment on the possibility of a tie-up.

Taiwanese chipmaker PSC recently moved into the 12-inch field with installations in its first of two planned fabs on March 25. Trial production of 0.13-micron processed wafers is expected by mid-year, with monthly volume production of 15,000 wafers expected by year-end.

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