NEC has announced the establishment of an advanced joint venture semiconductor plant in China, to manufacture memory and logic devices to a 0.35 micron design rule. Sales of products made at the plant, operated in a joint venture with Shanghai Hua Hong Microelectronics, will initially be made only in China, but will expand later to the Asian region and worldwide. Construction of the plant began today and volume production is planned from September 1999. NEC has already invested 59bn yen ($500m) in China in the manufacture of communications, computers and software.
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