Founded in 2016, the Chinese company Yangtze Memory (YMTC) plans to master the release of 128-layer 3D NAND memory by the end of this year, but its representatives urge not to overdo it with enthusiasm for the self-sufficiency of this ambitious player in the global memory market. Without international cooperation, no manufacturer can make progress.
At SEMICON China, YMTC Technical Director Cheng Weihua recalled that in the second half of the year, the company intends to enter the retail market with a wide range of solid-state drives based on its own memory. Personal computers, server systems, smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes and all kinds of consumer electronics – the use of drives based on YMTC memory will be almost universal.
It is reported that in the production of solid-state drives, the company will collaborate with well-known controller developers: Silicon Motion, Phison Electronics and Marvell. Chen Weihua said: “I do not think that the tendency towards international cooperation is reversible. No company or country in the world can manufacture everything on its own, without relying on global cooperation ”. YMTC has always highlighted its interests in the field of intellectual property protection. As a result, it has accumulated more than 2000 patents, and the number of technologies licensed from foreign partners is determined by 1600 contracts.
YMTC has to be careful in current geopolitical conditions, as it depends on American lithographic equipment suppliers. Last week, YMTC began building new production buildings in Wuhan. Over time, the company will be able to produce monthly up to 300 thousand silicon wafers with memory chips – now this value corresponds to 23% of global volumes.
In the meantime, by the end of 2021, she will have to bring production volumes to 80 thousand silicon wafers per month. Located at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China, YMTC continued to operate continuously, as this was facilitated by both a low concentration of personnel in the production and a high degree of process automation.
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