Rambus deal for Vanguard

Rambus deal for Vanguard
Richard Ball Vanguard Semiconductor, the Taiwanese DRAM manufacturer, is about to sign a Rambus contract. Vanguard has also sent engineers to Mosaid, the Canadian design house, to help in the development of the SyncLink interface. Hedging its bets still further, Vanguard is engaged in a double data rate (DDR) project. “Our first DDR product will be out this year or early next year on a 64Mbit DRAM,” Dr. F.C. Tseng, president of Vanguard, told EW. “Rambus is best for the desk-top but, for the sub-$1,000 PC, DDR may be used,” said Tseng, adding “there are many different options.” Hence Vanguard’s insurance policy of pursuing all three interface options. Vanguard recently started the earthworks for its second wafer fab. “We may start building the shell later this year,” said Tseng. Currently Vanguard is running 27,000 eight inch wafers a month but is expanding production inside its existing facilities and expects to be running 36,000 wafers by the end of this year.


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