Infineon aims for world DRAM lead

Infineon aims for world DRAM lead
David Manners Infineon Technologies intends to take a world lead in DRAMs at the 256Mbit generation, expected in volume production in 2001. “We aim to take the lead at the 256Mbit generation – we will be in the number one position. Our part has already been qualified by Intel and we are ramping it in production,” said Dr Andreas von Zitzewitz, chief operating officer of Infineon Technologies. A key plank in that strategy is Infineon’s lead over the rest of the world in 300mm processing. “When we said we were making 64Mbit DRAMs on 300mm our competitors rang and asked ‘Are you joking?’ but it’s not being done with lab tools – they may not be high volume production tools – but they have a clear capability for manufacturing.” von Zitzewicz added: “We’re going to put Europe into the lead on 300mm. Anyone building a 200mm factory today is making an investment in history.” Explaining Infineon’s heavy losses, von Zitzewicz said: “In 95, the forecast for the 98 semiconductor market was $200bn – we did our planning based on that and last year the market was worth $125bn – $75bn was missing.”


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