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Taiwanese memory makers return to profitability

Three large Taiwanese DRAM makers — Winbond Electronics, Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) and ProMOS Technologies – became profitable again in Q3. Winbond´s memory sales grew by 50% comparing to the previous quarter. By the moment, the company has been producing 5500 Pseudo SRAM wafers planning to increase this number up to 10,000 units by the year-end.

According to PSC, the load of its 12" Fab 12A (0.13µm process) made 80% in Q3, while the production would make over 15,000 wafers monthly. The 4th Taiwanese DRAM maker, Nanya Technology, is to report about profits early in November. According to the values for the first 9 months, this company might become the only one to report about net losses.

Taiwanese memory makers:
Net profit in Q3 2003 ($NT million)
  Q3 Jan-Sep
Company Revenues Net profits Revenues Net profits
Winbond 8,344 358 21,299 (1,324)
PSC 7,344 1,279 14,411 (1,619)
ProMOS 2,646 864 17,042 (612)
Nanya* 2,675 (169) 20,123 (2,070)

* Nanya’s 3Q figures are estimates from the company.

Source: The DigiTimes

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