TOKYO -- Fujitsu Ltd. and Toshiba Corp. are likely to share the cost of building a 300-mm wafer fab, but there is no prospect of a merger of Fujitsu's flash memory operation with that of Advanced Micro Devices Inc., a Fujitsu executive is reported as saying today (November 28, 2002).
After announcing plans for co-operation in June 2002 Fujitsu and Toshiba apparently backed away from an extensive merger of their chip businesses in September (see September 22 story).
A formal decision on a new chip plant is likely by next March or April, Reuters reports Toshihiko Ono, Fujitsu corporate vice president, as saying.
If it goes ahead Fujitsu's collaboration with Toshiba is expected to target so-called SoC chips that are often a single complex chip at the heart of consumer electronics products, assisted by memory chips such as DRAMs or flash memories.
Fujitsu and AMD already have a 50-50 joint venture in flash memory manufacture in Japan called Fujitsu AMD Semiconductor Ltd. (FASL) from which Fujitsu and AMD each take their share of production and then markets the chips separately.
Recent reports have centered on whether Fujitsu and AMD would create an independent flash memory subsidiary to develop, make and sell flash memories (see November 25 story).
"There is no movement toward integration," Ono is reported as saying, when asked about Fujitsu and AMD merging their flash memory businesses.