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| 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)
|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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