Chinese chip-giant-in-the-making Yangtze River Storage revealed it's considering to develop an in-house DRAM technology. In the meantime, the company is working on 3D NAND flash memory, it hopes to sample 32-layer 3D NAND flash memory by the end of this year, and is also working on a 64-layer version. The state-backed Yangtze River Storage says it's working hard to lag behind world's biggest NAND flash vendors by just one generation.
Charles Kau, which has become an executive director of the China-based YMTC since February 2017, told Digitimes that YMTC is committed to developing production technologies for memory chips in-house. In addition to 3D NAND flash technology which YMTC has assigned a group of 500 R&D staff to develop, the company is mulling the development of DRAM manufacturing technology in-house, according to Kau.
In addition, YMTC remains interested in partnering with Micron Technology, which will put both companies in a win-win situation, Kau indicated. Micron will be the best technology partner for YMTC, and working with YMTC will help Micron expand further the US vendor's competitiveness against Korea-based companies, Kau said.