China ramps up DRAM production
A few years ago, China announced that it will invest billions of dollars to build up its semiconductor industry.
Keen to reduce its reliance on outsiders for crucial components (especially the US), China wants to manufacture its own processors and memory and has reportedly committed US$150 billion to be invested in the coming years.
Now, two more DRAM makers, Innotron Memory and Fujian Jin Hua Integrated Circuit, in China have announced that they are ready for volume production of DRAM in the coming month.
Both DRAM makers will use a 22nm fabrication process and are likely to focus on producing LPDDR4 memory.
Innotron Memory and Fujian Jin Hua Integrated Circuit will join Xi-an UniiC Semiconductors, who has already started making its own DDR4 chips earlier this year.
According to the report, Innotron Memory and Fujian Jin Hua Integrated Circuit' initial production will not be high and most memory will be reserved for domestic consumption.
Additionally, it remains to be seen whether these DRAM makers have all the patent and licenses required to sell their memory outside of China.
Nevertheless, it is an important first step for China and its dream of becoming a global technology powerhouse.