Japanese memory maker Elpida announced it plans to migrate to 40nm production next year:
Elpida Memory is scheduled to migrate to 40nm-class production in 2010 to avoid lagging behind competitors, according to industry sources. The Japan-based memory maker intends to focus its efforts on developing a mature 40nm node, and regard 50nm as a transitional process.
Elpida recently developed a die shrink to 60nm, based on its existing 65nm equipment, indicated the sources. The company is even mulling the possibility of skipping production of 50nm DRAM chips, which has been held off due to the global financial crisis.