Japan’s Kioxia Holdings Corp to build new NAND memory chip production line to meet surging demand across industry sectors

On Thursday, Japan’s Kioxia Holdings Corp stated, it would build a new production line for NAND memory chips in central Japan in order to meet surging demand for data storage across industry sectors ranging from smartphones to self-driving cars. The new line, the seventh for Kioxia, will be built at its existing plant in Yokkaichi,…

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…

Toshiba’s NAND flash memory plant to resume production in mid-July

Toshiba’s NAND flash memory plant will resume full production from mid-July. On Friday, Toshiba Memory Corp, the world’s second-biggest NAND flash memory producer stated its plant in central Japan will resume full production by mid-July. Toshiba had partially suspended the plant on June 15, following a brief power outage in the region. The suspension also…

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…

Toshiba achieves milestone: completes sale of NAND business to Bain Capital led consortium

The completion of the sale was way ahead of the expected time frame of end-March. Chinese antitrust authorities extensively reviewed the deal before providing its approval. On Friday, Japan’s Toshiba Corp stated, it had completed the $18 billion sale of its NAND memory chip unit to a consortium led by U.S. private equity firm Bain…

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…