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New Year Special Features '99

  • Fujitsu Denies Report on Ending DRAM Chip Production
  • January 14, 1999 (TOKYO) -- Fujitsu Ltd. denied the validity of an article in the Jan. 11 issue of the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) newspaper, which stated that the company would end mass production of conventional dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips.
    The electronics company said that it would not abruptly withdraw from regular DRAM chip production because it has the responsibility of supplying its customers with those products.

    Fujitsu's output of standard memory chips for use in personal computers accounts for 70 percent-80 percent of its total DRAM microchip production, and it plans to cut the ratio to less than 50 percent in 2001. It is studying several plans including one that will reduce conventional DRAM chip production to very small levels, company officials said.

    Fujitsu said it will boost the production ratio of synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM) chips (with double data rate) for servers as well as fast-cycle random access memory (FCRAM) microchips for devices other than PCs.

    Also, Fujitsu plans to make new types of DRAM chips, such as SDRAM chips conforming to the PC133 specifications and 128Mb SDRAM chips, which are likely to become mainstay memories for PCs.

    As for the production of direct rambus DRAM (D-RDRAM) chips, Fujitsu said it is studying the prospects for such chips. It is thought that the company is taking a negative stance on that type of microchip.

    Fujitsu will further outsource the production of DRAM chips to silicon foundries, and it plans to adjust the output based on market demand, company officials said.

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    (Nikkei Microdevices)

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    Updated: Wed Jan 13 16:50:01 1999 PDT