Elpida Memory Inc. Tuesday said it will take over management of the NEC Corp. 200mm-wafer fab in Hiroshima that had been serving as a foundry supplying DRAMs to Elpida.
NEC will continue to own the fab assets, but Elpida will lease the facility under a separate subsidiary and will install its own management. The fab has a capacity of 30,000 wafers a month.
In addition to DRAM, the facility makes SRAM and other semiconductor devices. Jim Sogas, vice president of sales and marketing for Elpida Memory (U.S.), Santa Clara, Calif., said the fab will continue to produce its current mix of products, but under the deal will begin serving as a foundry supplying NEC with chips -- excluding DRAM.
"Elpida is assuming control of the NEC 200mm fab as part of a plan to build up our factory operation," Sogas said.
Elpida also owns and operates its own fab in Hiroshima -- a 300mm facility with a run rate of more than 3,000 wafers a month, which is expected to ramp to more than 15,000 wafers a month by the end of the year.
Hitachi, with together with NEC created Elpida as a joint DRAM manufacturing effort, will also continue to supply Elpida with DRAM on a foundry basis from a fab based in Singapore, according to Sogas.
Powerchip Semiconductor of Taiwan and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) of China also serve as DRAM foundries for Elpida.