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Elpida Memory increases capital spending

07 August 2008 | By Mark Osborne | News > Fab Management

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ElpidaDespite continuing financial losses due to the price declines of DRAM during a sustained period of memory oversupply Elpida Memory is raising its capital spending targets by approximately 20 percent to $1.095 billion for its financial year. Elpida is spending more at both its joint venture 300mm fab, Rexchip in Taiwan as well as at its Hiroshima 300mm fab in Japan.

Bit growth is now expected to increase to as much as 90 percent for its financial year, up from 70 percent bit growth previously projected by the company. Productivity improvements above its initial expectations were also cited for the growth in bit production.

Elpida also said that it expects to begin 50nm DRAM production in the first quarter of 2009 with its 65nm technology seeing major yield improvements now that it is in volume production.  

Elpida is also seeing strong market share growth as it ramps production at Rexchip.

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