Insight interAsia and the Asian Technology Information Program (ATIP) have released a new technology market study, “China Semiconductor Memory Industry Update – March 2019.” Please contact reports@InsightinterAsia.com to purchase a license for this invaluable report.
To meet the demands of China’s vast domestic electronic industry and reduce dependence on foreign DRAM and NAND flash products, the Chinese domestic semiconductor industry is currently focused on developing these technologies, as well as rapidly and significantly expanding the manufacturing capacity for products based on these technologies and the growth of a sustainable technical labor force to operate the facilities. Three domestic memory chip makers—Yangtze Memory Technology Co., Ltd. (YMTC), Jin Hua Integrated Circuit Co, Ltd. (JHICC), and Rui-Li Integrated Circuit Co., Ltd. (RLICC)—are constructing the industry’s fab lines and accelerating process development. Despite challenges and controversies in memory-related intellectual property (IP), patents, process technologies, and human resources, some memory products entered into trial production in 2018, with high yield mass production expected in late 2019, should everything proceed according to plan. However, the U.S. government’s recent sanction against JHICC will bring more uncertainty and risks to the domestic memory business. This report provides an updated status of the three primary domestic memory chip makers in terms of fab construction, trial production, and technology development, as well as technical talent recruiting and training.