Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. today announced that it will no longer make and market DRAM for PCs, effective Thursday. The move came as little surprise to industry observers because the company was producing only a small amount of DRAM.
However, a Matsushita spokesman said it will continue to make DRAMs for consumer-electronic products at its fab in Tonami, Japan. The plant, which can process 10,000 8-in. wafers a month, will also make logic and System LSI chips for consumer goods.
The Tonami fab has been slated for upgrading in order to produce next-generation DRAM. However, Matsushita has delayed that project. Construction of a fab at Niigata has also been delayed.
Matsushita last year closed a fab in Puyallup, Wash., that was making 4-Mbit DRAM.