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Hynix in 200mm DRAM fab review: Eugene, Oregon fab to close in September

24 July 2008 | By Mark Osborne | News > Cleanroom

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The memory manufacturer also said that it was currently undertaking a review of its other four 200mm DRAM facilities that are primarily located in Korea, with one in China. The company noted that with a shift to 300mm wafer production over the last few years, 200mm DRAM fabs have become less competitive from a cost structure basis as well as sparking a severe overcapacity situation.

Although demand for DRAM continues to grow, the overcapacity has caused two years of heavy price declines with ASPs often below manufacturing cost.

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