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  • Macronix International Reduces DRAM Output
  • November 10, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- Macronix International of Taiwan reduced DRAM production for original equipment manufacturing orders from Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    It did so because prices of dynamic random access memories (DRAMs) are dropping.

    The Taiwan company is negotiating with Matsushita for cooperation in other fields.

    Sources said Macronix is likely to shift to other high tech areas, and it is expected to announce a personnel reshuffling in late 1998 or early 1999.

    Macronix, which celebrates the 10th year of operations this year, produces DRAMs, flash memories, mask ROMs and some high-density logic products.

    Mask ROMs account for about 40 percent of Macronix's output.

    Twenty-five percent of the company's products are EPROMs, with DRAMs, logic products and flash memories taking five percent, 15 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

    The company is now lowering its DRAM output, although it still plans to begin mass production of 64Mb DRAMs around the end of this year.

    Macronix said that with a strategic alliance with Matsushita, it made as many as 3,000 units of 0.35 micron DRAMs for the Japanese company in the early stages of cooperation.

    Macronix's core strategy is to develop a system on a chip, and it will also target embedded memory manufacturing technology in the future.

    Macronix plans to raise production of flash memories and logic products. Its development of flash memories will match the development of other logic products, it said.

    As for a system on a chip, the company said it will adopt a client-oriented policy.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Mon Nov 9 17:28:05 1998 PDT