Dismemberment of Toshiba DRAM biz continues

High end technology flies to Taiwan's Winbond

Asian wires today are reporting that Taiwanese company Winbond Electronics is to manufacture a number of high end memory products for Toshiba. The technologies include .15 and .175 micron technology for 64Mbit, 128Mbit and 256Mbit memory chips, according to the reports. Winbond already makes some DRAM for the Japanese company but this is a substantially more important move because of the high end nature of the products it will manufacture. The memory market, in general, is hoping for a revival in fortunes this year and next as 256Mbit parts come into production. There is an increasing trend for Japanese combines to outsource production of semiconductors in a bid to keep down costs. ®

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