Toshiba to increase memory chip production

Toshiba is planning to increase production of memory chips because of strong demand for the devices from manufacturers of digital still cameras, cellular telephones and memory cards.

The Tokyo company will invest $US110 million in the current fiscal year, which runs until the end of March 2004, to construct a new production line at its plant in Oita on the island of Kyushu in western Japan.

The line, which would initially handle 200mm wafers and be capable of production with 90-nanometer process technology, was scheduled to come online in the second half of 2004, a company spokesman, Makoto Yasuda, said.

In addition to the new line in Oita, Toshiba was planning to construct a state-of-the-art production line at its plant in Yokkaichi, Mie prefecture, that could handle 300mm silicon wafers, but that line was not expected online until sometime in 2006, Yasuda said.

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