Intel sells its NAND chip business to South Korea’s SK Hynix for $9 billion

In a significant development, Intel Corp has agreed to sell its NAND memory chip business to South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc for $9 billion. The all-cash deal will propel the South Korean chipmaker to the second spot in global rankings. The development marks Intel’s efforts to divest its non-core businesse and move away from the volatile commodity…

Samsung Electronics breaks ground for 6th domestic contract chip manufacturing facility

On Thursday, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd stated, it has broken ground for its sixth domestic contract chip production line which will produce logic chips. The development comes in the wake of Samsung’s efforts to reduce its reliance on the volatile memory chip sector. With this move, Samsung will be taking on bigger rival Taiwan Semiconductor…

DRAM chips have been the growth engine for SK Hynix for the 1st quarter of 2018

SK Hynix, the world’s second biggest memory chip producer, will boost NAND memory chip production by more than 30% in the second half of this year. NAND memory chips are easier to assemble than DRAM chips. On Thursday, South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix Inc posted a record second quarter profit which underpins a continuation in…

Samsung begins investing in second NAND chip production facility at Pyeongtaek

Eyeing booming demand for chips, especially for servers, Samsung has begun investing in a second production facility at Pyeongtaek; it first chip production line at Pyeongtaek began mass production in July 2017. On Wednesday, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, Samsung Electronics Co has begun investing in a second memory plant at its Pyeongtaek production…

Toshiba under heightened pressure to find a closure of its sale of NAND chip business

Toshiba is now facing pressures from Apple Inc, which is demanding new terms on supply of chips in return for funding. On Wednesday, SK Hynix Inc stated its board had approved its participation in a Bain Capital-led consortium that plans to purchase Toshiba Corp’s memory chip unit for $17.7 billion (2 trillion yen) . As…