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Chipmaker Winbond in talks with TMC

By Lisa Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Local memory chipmaker Winbond Electronics Corp (華邦電子) said yesterday it had exchanged views with state-owned Taiwan Memory Co (台灣記憶體公司) on possible collaboration.

Company spokesman Wilson Wen (溫萬壽) said the Hsinchu-based company was in talks with TMC on a broad range of issues, a stock exchange filing said yesterday.

No substantial conclusions had been reached yet, Wen said.

Winbond shares rallied 6.83 percent to NT$4.69 amid speculation that the chipmaker would supply memory chips to TMC. Winbond produces both commodity and specialized memory chips.

TMC head John Hsuan (宣明智) announced last week that the firm would form a technology partnership with Japan’s Elpida Memory Inc. He said TMC would adopt a business model similar to most other chip designers, which do not operate their own factories.

Separately, Powerchip Semiconductor Corp (力晶半導體), the nation’s top computer memory chipmaker, said yesterday it won final approval from a majority of its creditor banks for a six-month rollover on loans totaling NT$70 billion (US$2.09 billion), partly easing the financial pressure on the firm.

Creditor banks, led by Mega International Commercial Bank (兆豐國際商銀), made the decision at a meeting on Monday, Powerchip said in a stock exchange filing.

The chipmaker would have a six-month grace period to repay the principal amount, company spokesman Eric Tan (譚仲民) said.

Powerchip said last month it did not believe TMC would be an ideal partner.

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