• PSPC adds new generation chip production line

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    LISTED Phoenix Semiconductor Philippines Corp. (PSPC) on Monday said it is boosting the capacity of its factory in Clarkfield, Pampanga after securing a new contract from tech giant Samsung Electronics Ltd.

    In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), the South Korean chipmaker said it added a new line of equipment for the production of the next-generation DDR4 platform of dynamic random access modules (DRAM) and flip-chip memory devices.

    DDR4 (double data rate fourth generation) supports a data transfer rate of 3,200 megabits per second and is 30 percent faster than the previous generation called DDR3.

    The new line will manufacture 38 million DRAMs per month, a 73 percent increase in manufacturing efficiency versus its old machines. DRAM is primarily used in personal computers and servers.

    “We are pleased by the fresh vote of confidence by Samsung on the company which deepens our relationship with them and puts our production processes at par with the most advanced in the world,” PSPC president Byeongchun Lee told the PSE.

    In May, the company completed the installation of its manufacturing lines. Most of its products are being supplied to Samsung, which previously owned the company before spinning it off.

    Samsung, the world’s largest manufacturer of branded semiconductor memory products, contracted Phoenix Semiconductor as its preferred semiconductor assembly and test partner to mass produce DRAM using proprietary interface and die stacking technology.

    Lee said Phoenix Semiconductor has put on line Samsung’s consigned equipment worth $4.13 million, which enabled the full ramp-up of assembly and packaging of Samsung branded next-generation DRAM dual inline memory modules or DIMM, and flip chips or FC.

    “The equipment is one-of-a-kind,” he said, noting that these are “high-technology first generation in-line machines in the country.”

    Test production of DDR4 began in the fourth quarter of 2015. With the new FC equipment coming on line, PSPC recorded production of 18 million DDR4 memory components with plans to increase this in July.

    In its statement, PSPC cited that exports of electronic products increased by 8.1 percent with total receipts of $2.13 billion last February from $1.97 billion registered in the same period in 2015.

    PSCP said it shipped out $325 million worth of semiconductors in the first quarter of 2016.

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