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Korea"s Semicon Producers Could Be Left Behind

Feb 21,1999
Korean semiconductor makers might be losing out on a new technology whose market is expected to be worth at least 20 billion dollars.
While domestic companies such as Samsung, Hyundai and LG are busy trying to restructure, international chip makers are combining forces to develop next-generation semiconductors step by step.
According to Scotland Investment Development Bureau, firms such as Motorola, Siemens, and Toshiba are all eager to develop new computer chip technology, called 'system chip', in Scotland. Scotland, in an effort to become a new center for computer technology, is providing incentives to companies which set up shop there. However, Korean companies have not been invited to the party, not to mention, they might also be exluded from sharing in the technology development.
The new joint partnership in Scotland will be limited to 12 companies and 9 have already signed on board.
System chip technology is a so-called next-generation semiconductor that can perform various memory and non-memory functions. Its world market share is expected to be at least 20 billion dollars.


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