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Hynix boosts DDR SDRAM production

Wants 50% of the market

Hynix is increasing its DDR SDRAM production with its eye on a 50 per cent share of the market by the end of the year, the company said yesterday.

Two of the chip maker's single data rate SDRAM production lines at Inchon, South Korea will be converted to churn out DDR chips, starting at some point in the second half of 2001. The company -which is meanwhile moving to separate itself from its parent, Hyundai - said it will product 64Mb, 128Mb and, eventually, 512Mb DDR chips.

Hynix reckons the world's memory makers will churn out 200 million 128Mb DDR chips this year, rising 1.1 billion parts in 2002. That's an increase of 450 per cent, and it suggests that, like Infineon, Hynix doesn't reckon DDR will become mainstream this year, despite achieving price parity with PC133 SDRAM.

Infineon reckons DDR will become the choice for PC RAM in 2003, when it will account for more than half of the memory market. Next year will see Intel's first Pentium 4 DDR chipset, a version of the 845, aka Brookdale, and volume production of rival chipset vendors' P4/DDR parts. ®

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