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China develops first locally designed DRAM chip
2019/06/13 05:13:47
DRAM, China Tech, US China trade war, tech war

Jun 13, 2019 (China Knowledge) - Changxin Memory Technologies, founded in 2016, will soon become China’s first mass producer of locally designed key memory chips. Changxin will compete against chips giants Micron Technology and Samsung Electronics in a USD 100 bln a year market.

The Chinese company is taking steps to minimize its use of US technology thereby propels them to redesign its dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips. The company is taking measures to avoid infringing patents and potentially falling victim to the U.S. pressures on China’s rising tech industry.

While Changxin is determined in reducing their reliance on US technology, much of its production still reply on U.S. equipment and tool suppliers. By redesign its DRAM chips, the company is hoping that they will be safe against potential U.S. allegations of intellectual property theft.

Changxin is also trying to avoid landing in the same fate as its smaller local peer Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co. The smaller chipmaker never begins its production and was almost forced out of business earlier this year when the U.S. restricted the company from using U.S. technology and accused Fujian Jinhua of intellectual property theft.

However, much like the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers, Changxin still needs to use U.S. equipment from companies like Applied Materials, Lam Research, KLA-Tencor, materials from Dow Chemical and electronic design automation tool providers from Cadence and Synopsys.

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