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Elpida Memory expects 0.13 micron samples by Jan 2001

The company formerly known as NEC-Hitachi

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Elpida Memory, previously known as NEC-Hitachi Memory, has announced the first silicon for memory products based on the 0.13 micron geometry.

The design process began back in April this year and the first samples of the 0.13 -micron 256Mb DRAM are expected in January 2001. Development of other high density SDRAM and DDR SDRAM as well as Rambus DRAM is ongoing.

Both Rambus and DDR will be included in the company's roadmap. However, following legal proceedings between Hitachi and Rambus, new intellectual property agreements will have to be worked out.

In an interview with AsiaBizTech, Rambus VP Avo Kanadjian stated very clearly that the company's policy is to refuse a license to any maker that Rambus has beaten in a lawsuit concerning licensing matters.

A spokeswoman for Elpida said that the company was working on new licensing agreements at present. She could not give a date for the start of any negotiations, but said that it was definitely something that needed to be settled. "I don't think the old agreements will transfer over to the new company," she said.

There was no indication of pricing for the new products. "This announcement is really about the technology," the spokeswoman said. "We were able to get the first silicon sooner than anticipated, so we thought we would push this news out now." ®

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