Renesas, Powerchip expand flash memory pact

June 5, 2006 – Renesas Technology Corp., the chipmaking JV between Hitachi and Mitsubishi Electric, has expanded its technology license to Powerchip Semiconductor Co. to supply the Taiwanese company with flash memory devices, according to local news reports.

Under the new deal, Renesas will manufacture and license 4Gbit AND-type flash memory in addition to 1Gbit products, and outsource more production to Powerchip. The Taiwanese foundry’s monthly 300mm capacity will be doubled to 10,000 wafers/month in part to handle the extra business.

Renesas late last year announced it would halt the development of 8Gbit and larger AG-AND flash memory, to focus resources on its system LSIs such as MCUs, LCD drivers, and SoCs.

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