SK Hynix is ​​investing 94 billion euros

Feb

22

2019

in construction of four memory chip plants

Korean memory manufacturer SK Hynix plans to build four new factories. The factories have to rise about 40 kilometers from the Korean capital Seoul and improve the company’s market position.

The new factories will be located on an area of ​​4.5 million square meters south of Seoul. The construction must begin in 2022. In addition, SK Hynix invests in two existing memory factories in South Korea. Spread over the next ten years, they will receive a capital injection of 43 billion euros.

According to Reuters, the new factories and the upgrade of the existing locations should give SK Hynix a better competitive position, especially with regard to China. That country is the biggest buyer of chips. China imported according to Reuters in 2017 for 238 billion euros in chips. The country, however, wants to be less dependent on foreign suppliers, partly due to the trade war with the US, and therefore invests heavily in its own chip production.

Details about the chips that the SK Hynix factories have to make are not yet available. The chip industry is switching to 7nm and later 5nm, for which the manufacturers want to use euv machines instead of machines based on immersion lithography. In addition, dram manufacturers are preparing to make ddr5. SK Hynix provided details about his ddr5 chips during the International Solid State Circuits Conference. According to TechSpot, the company has produced a 16GB ddr5 module that works at 6.4 Gbit / s per pin and at 1.1V. By 2022, ddr5 would make up 25 percent of the market, the company expects.

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