On December 7 in Taipei, Elpida and PSC held a Joint Venture/Development MOU Signing Ceremony, with Dr. Frank Huang Chairman of PSC and Yukio Sakamoto President and CEO of Elpida presiding over the ceremony. Both parties initially will jointly invest 40 Billion NTD to establish the new venture, where the new venture will then obtain PSC's current 12" fabrication facility in Taichung Houli Science Park, which is currently under construction. In addition to PSC investing capital PSC will also allocate human resources for a part of Elpida's next generation DRAM process technology development, thus allowing both parties to enjoy the benefits of joint development.
Dr. Huang mentioned that, despite Singapore, China, and Japan's active pursuit as well as attractive packages for such a large scale investment, Elpida still decided on Taiwan for its JV location, reflecting the importance of the strong successful relationship between Elpida and PSC. Through this type of cooperation, PSC will not only be able to rapidly expand its DRAM manufacturing scale, but at the same time will be ready to secure next generation process technology. Being able to join Elpida's development activities and share the technology, large capacity, as well excellent operation efficiencies will further cement PSC's position as a world class memory solution company.
Elpida and PSC's Taiwan Joint Venture in Central Taiwan Science Park will act as DRAM manufacturing base of operations, which will eventually become four 12" DRAM fabrication facilities with a combined capacity of 240,000 wafers per month. Currently the first fab under construction will have a capacity of 60,000 12" wafers per month where the clean room is now being installed. In Q2 of 2007, equipment will be installed and in Q3 mass production will begin on Elpida's 70nm process technology where the first stage capacity will reach 30,000 12" wafers per month. Basically this capacity will be split equally between the two largest shareholders. As a result of Elpida and PSC's investment of capital, technology, and human resources the newly formed joint venture will rapidly have mass production economies of scale, technology and will establish Elpida and PSC as a major players in the worldwide DRAM industry.