Marked growth in the demand for 4-Mbit and 16-Mbit DRAMs was supported by continuing
activity in the personal computer market in the U.S. and a rapid surge in demand for
personal computers in Japan. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 1995, DRAM prices dropped
significantly making market forecasts difficult. Fujitsu is watching this volatile
market closely, responding to changes by shifting to 16-Mbit DRAM production and
preparing for volume production of high-speed 64-Mbit synchronous DRAMs. Fujitsu
has also moved aggressively to meet the growing demand for flash memory ICs generated
by the increasing popularity of cellular phones. Fujitsu continues to expand its
ability to meet this demand.
Value-added Logic Devices
Fiscal 1995 also saw marked growth in logic ICs, particularly in microcontrollers
for high-performance information equipment and home electronic appliances, and in
ASICs for multimedia applications. Fujitsu released a range of new products for a
variety of applications requiring high-speed, high-density and power-saving functions.
These included a 0.35-micron CMOS ASIC, a single-chip semi-custom LSI for digital
mobile communication systems and LSI chipsets for three-dimensional image processing.
Our development of the world's first wide-format 42-inch color plasma display panel
(PDP) is complete, and the panel will go into mass-production in October 1996. This
new PDP has generated tremendous interest as a potential key device for the multimedia
age, especially for wall-mounted TVs.
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