More than 20 Japanese and US chipmakers plan to jointly develop technology to mass-produce a next-generation semiconductor using magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM), the business daily Nikkei reported yesterday.
MRAM is touted as the next frontier for computing memory over the current standard, dynamic random access memory (DRAM). The technology under development will have a memory capacity 10 times that of DRAM and reduce its electricity draw to about two-thirds of the existing standard, the Nikkei said.
The Nikkei said that other participants in the research project based at Tohoku University in Sendai, northern Japan, include Shin-Etsu Chemical Co Ltd, Renesas Electronics Corp and Hitachi Ltd.
Japan’s Toshiba Corp and South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc are jointly developing MRAM in a separate project while South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co is doing its own research on the new chip, the report said.
What caught my eye isn’t the newly-researched project but how much research and development a company is willing to or should take. With thinner and thinner profit margins a technology company has faced due to hefty competition, how can a company just sit there with a “me, too” mentality like a large majority of Taiwanese businesses do and expect businesses to run successfully for long term?