Elpida has begun mass production of the DRAM industry’s first 1-Gigabit and 512-Megabit DDR2 SDRAMs using 70-nanometer process technology. The 70nm process technology enables 800MHz and 1GHz speed functionality in combination with high-performance operations, but it also provides for a reduction in chip size allowing incrementally more chips per DRAM wafer which increases productivity and volume overall. Production of DDR2 SDRAM using 70nm processing has already started, and the first product shipments are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2007.

2006 12 25 70nm  Elpida 70nm DRAM Enters Mass Production

Elpida Memory, Inc. (Elpida), Japan’s leading global supplier of Dynamic
Random Access Memory (DRAM), announced today that it has begun mass production
of the DRAM industry’s first 1-Gigabit and 512-Megabit DDR2 SDRAMs using
70-nanometer process technology. Manufacturing will be done at its main fab
facility, Hiroshima Elpida Memory, Inc.

Elpida, a leading provider of advanced DRAM products, is currently realizing
high yields and productivity from its 90nm process technology used in mass
production. The technology that has made those achievements possible has been
applied to the development of the more advanced 70nm process technology.

A 1-Gigabit and 512-Megabit DDR2 SDRAM using 70nm process technology can be used
in many applications, including high-end servers that need to process large
amounts of data, high-performance mobile equipment, high definition digital TVs,
next-generation DVD recorders, digital single-lens reflex cameras and other
digital consumer equipment that must have advanced image processing
capabilities.

The 70nm process technology enables 800MHz and 1GHz speed functionality in
combination with high-performance operations, but it also provides for a
reduction in chip size allowing incrementally more chips per DRAM wafer which
increases productivity and volume overall.
Among 512-Megabit products, the technology has made possible the world’s
smallest chip size for a 512-Megabit DDR2 SDRAM.

Production of DDR2 SDRAM using 70nm processing has already started, and the
first product shipments are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2007.

Elpida plans to make aggressive use of its new 70nm process technology in the
production of Mobile RAM™ for mobile phones and other mobile equipment and in
memory products used in high-end digital consumer equipment and across the
entire server/PC market.