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  • Holtek, Macronix Boost Microchip Production
  • January 7, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- Holtek Microelectronics Corp. said it developed an integrated circuit for telephone cards, and the company hopes to use this as a key technology to make inroads into the IC card market.

    Separately, Macronix International Co., Ltd. is expanding its 8- inch microchip wafer plant, with monthly production expected to reach 25,000 units by the end of 1998. The expansion is aimed at integrating systems on chips.

    Both Holtek and Macronix offer application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) through their ASICs foundries, which are boosting Taiwan's overall semiconductor industry.

    Holtek said that the newly developed EEPROM IC telephone cards are superior to the previous generation. Chung Hwa Telecom plans to replace the existing telephone sets with newer ones.

    Holtek offers telephone IC cards to a number of system producers. The technology also will be applied to the production of PCs and telecommunications ICs, including smart cards, credit cards, financial cards and identification cards.

    By 2000, global demand for IC smart cards will likely reach US$33 billion.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Tue Jan 6 20:32:44 1998