Tuesday, January 14, 2020
DRAM chipmaker Nanya Technology has developed 10nm process technology in-house, with risk production to kick off in the second half of 2020, according to the Taiwan-based company.
Nanya disclosed at a recent investors meeting that its in-house developed first-generation 10nm process node will be ready for risk production in the second half of this year. Nanya has also engaged in its second-generation 10nm process R&D, with risk production set to begin by 2022.
Nanya will be manufacturing 8Gb DDR4, LPDDR4 and DDR5 products using its first-generation 10nm process, said the chipmaker. The company also has plans to develop the third generation of its in-house developed 10nm process technology.
Developing its 10nm process technology in-house is set to boost Nanya's capex this year, the company noted. Nanya used to develop its DRAM manufacturing processes with the support of licensed technologies from Micron Technology.
Nanya's capex came to nearly NT$5.5 billion (US$183.96 million) in 2019, when the company's total bit shipments grew in the low-teens.
Nanya reported net profits fell to a 14-quarter low of NT$1.28 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019. Net profits for the year totaled NT$9.82 billion, down 75% from 2018 levels, with EPS coming to NT$3.22.
Nanya generated revenues of NT$51.73 billion in 2019, down 38.9% on year, while gross margin slid 23.1pp from a year earlier to 31.9%, despite a 11-13% rise in its DRAM bit shipments.
Looking into 2020, Nanya expects its bit shipments to rise about 15% on year. Stable growth in demand for servers, a rise in DRAM content per handset, as well as growth in demand for PCs and consumer electronics, will lead to a 15-20% surge in the overall market demand this year, the Taiwan-based DRAM maker said.
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