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TI BEGINS SHIPPING 16-MBIT DRAMS

 TI BEGINS SHIPPING 16-MBIT DRAMS
 HOUSTON, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Initial production shipments of


16-megabit (Mbit) dynamic random access memories (DRAMs) have begun, announced Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) today. A leading supplier of semiconductor products and active in the DRAM market since its inception, TI is one of the first semiconductor manufacturers with a production-ready 16-Mbit DRAM.
 A 16-Mbit DRAM can hold two million characters. A very large novel, such as "Gone With the Wind," could be stored on one 16-Mbit chip. The first generation of DRAMs, the 1-Kbit DRAM, could only store 128 characters or probably a single sentence.
 The minimum feature size of the structure on TI's 16-Mbit DRAM will be only 0.5 micron, which is about 150 times smaller than the human hair (75 microns in width). The 0.5 micron technology is critical to all semiconductor companies hoping to compete in the future, because it allows more functions on a single chip, enabling more compact and powerful electronic products.
 "The 16-Mbit DRAM will be TI's first high-volume chip to use 0.5 micron technology, which is important because it will help us achieve low-cost manufacturing capability for advanced logic products at the 0.5 micron level," said Walden Rhines, executive vice president of TI's Semiconductor Group.
 "By having the technology available to transfer to logic products, we are able to guarantee that the manufacturing equipment is compatible between product lines. This allows optimal flexibility to determine the product mix in our manufacturing facilities. This technology advance will also allow TI to reduce the size and cost of existing memory products like our 4-Mbit DRAM."
 "The importance of having a product in the market early has been demonstrated in every generation of these chips. For the 16-Mbit design, human and financial resources from around the world were dedicated to the project. We planned a schedule designed to be as aggressive as any competitor's in the industry," said Lionel White, manager for the 0.5 micron program. "By being in the market early, TI can come down the manufacturing learning curve while DRAM prices are typically high, enabling lower costs for TI later in the product's life."
 TI's 16-Mbit DRAM is based on a technology proven in TI's 1- and 4-Mbit DRAMs. This is one reason why TI was able to get to market quickly. The 16-Mbit DRAM will be using a package design announced in early '91, which was jointly developed by TI and Hitachi as part of a technology development program.
 The 4-Mbit DRAM is today's standard, and TI currently ships it in volume quantities. Worldwide production of 16-Mbit DRAMs, the emerging technology, is expected to be less than two million units this year, approximately 20 million units in 1993 and increased to 330 million units in 1995. By 1996, it is estimated that production of 16-Mbit DRAMs will outpace 4-Mbit DRAMs.
 Production of the 16-Mbit DRAM has begun at TI's Dallas submicron CMOS wafer fabrication facility, which is the source and support facility for manufacturing fanouts to other locations. A team of highly qualified process and equipment engineering experts, assembled in Dallas from TI around the world, developed the set of manufacturing methods which will be used in all TI fabrication facilities. This expertise will be used to form teams to train personnel at each facility that will be manufacturing the 16-Mbit DRAM.
 16-Mbit DRAMs will be used initially with 32-bit microprocessors in high-performance computer systems such as engineering workstations. Military versions are planned for the third quarter of 1992.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Texas Instruments Incorporated, headquartered in Dallas, is a high-technology company with sales and manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. TI develops, manufactures and markets semiconductors, defense electronics systems, software productivity tools, computer systems and peripheral products, custom engineering and manufacturing services, electrical controls, metallurgical materials and consumer electronic products./
 /CONTACT: Donna Coletti, 713-274-3361, or Mike Feibus, 713-274-2517, both of TI/
 (TXN) CO: Texas Instruments Incorporated ST: Texas IN: CPR SU:


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