Bits + chips
Highlights of the day: Chipmakers pushing up production
Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES, Taipei

Following the trial production of 1znm DRAM chips at the fab in Japan, Micron is expected to begin mass production of the chips at plants in Taiwan in the first half of 2020, while MediaTek's first single-chip 5G solution for sub-6GHz networks is also scheduled to enter volume production in the first quarter of 2020. Globalfoundries have filed patent lawsuits against TSMC and sources from the Taiwan semiconductor industry believe there are more to GF's actions.

Micron on track to kick off 1znm DRAM production in Taiwan: Micron Technology is already engaged in risk production of DRAM chips built using 1z-nanometer process technology at its Hiroshima fab in Japan, according to the US memory chip vendor. The more advanced manufacturing node will be ready for mass production at Micron's Taiwan-based plant in the first half of 2020.

MediaTek gearing up for volume production of single-chip 5G chips: MediaTek has started delivering samples of its first single-chip 5G solution designed for sub-6GHz networks, and expects volume production of the chip to kick off in the first quarter of 2020, according to company president Joe Chen.

What drives GF to file patent infringement lawsuits against TSMC?: The unexpected patent infringement lawsuits recently filed by Globalfoundries (GF) with courts in the US and Germany against Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is most likely aimed at raising the tech profile of the US foundry, caught in operating losses, to facilitate sales of its remaining assets, according to industry sources.

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