Digi Times —- According to China’s ITHome.com, state-backed tech conglomerate Tsinghua Unigroup intends to buy a stake in South Korea-based SK Hynix for around CNY30 billion (US$4.7 billion). Tsinghua Unigroup offered to pay a premium to buy a 15-20% stake in SK Hynix, and occupy a portion of production capacity at a new flash memory fabrication facility SK Hynix will be allowed and financed to build in China, the Website indicated.
Mobile DRAM revenues amounted to about US$4.55 billion in the third quarter of 2015, up 18% from US$3.85 billion in the prior quarter, according to DRAMeXchange. SK Hynix made the largest contribution to the overall mobile DRAM market revenue growth during the third quarter, said DRAMeXchange. The Korea-based firm saw its mobile DRAM revenues surge 30.5% on quarter to US$1.2 billion, which boosted its worldwide market share to 26.4% from 23.9% in the second quarter, DRAMeXchange said.
Digi Times — The production value of memory chips, including DRAM and NAND flash devices, in Korea hit a new high of KRW13.92 trillion (US$11.8 billion) in the third quarter of 2015, compared to the previous high of KRW13.17 trillion reached in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to Digitimes Research. The launch of new flagship smartphones by vendors and increased DRAM capacity on individual handsets helped drive shipment growth at the memory sector in Korea, Digitimes Research said.
Digi Times — The production value of memory chips in Korea totaled KRW1.313 trillion (US$12 billion) in the second quarter of 2015, increasing 1% from the previous quarter, affected mainly by a low bit growth of DRAM and NAND flash chips from SK Hynix, according to Digitimes Research. Additionally, server-use DRAM products became the primary product line for SK Hynix for the first time in the second quarter as sales of its PC-use DRAM chips suffered a significant decline as compared to a quarter earlier.
SK hynix has reported 1.59 trillion won in operating profit in the first quarter, up 50.2 percent from a year earlier, on stronger margins for key products and cost-cutting. It beat the market consensus of 1.4 trillion won. Its first-quarter operating profit was the second-largest in its history, following a record 1.67 trillion won a quarter earlier. SK hynix posted 1.29 trillion won in net profit, up 61.5 percent from a year ago, it said Thursday. Sales came in at 4.82 trillion won, up 29 percent from a year earlier.
SK hynix agreed with Toshiba of Japan to jointly develop nano imprint lithography (NIL) technologies, the company announced Thursday. “SK hynix has entered into an agreement with Toshiba on joint development of NIL. Engineers from the two firms will start development of core technologies for the process at Toshiba’s complex in Yokohama, Japan,” said SK spokeswoman Park Seong-ae in a statement.
Every mobile phone has them. So too tablets. But very few users of the technology that pervades everyday life give this critical component much thought. We’re talking about semiconductors. Admittedly, it’s not an industry that captures the imagination of investors like big tech names such as Apple (ticker: AAPL ). But it’s an industry that forms the bedrock of the technology we enjoy and is leveraged to the growth of mobile devices. When you take and store a photo on your phone, it’s semiconductors that provide the memory to do that.
In view of continued growth in global demand for SSDs, Micron Technology and SK Hynix are interested in investing in Taiwan-based SSD controller IC design houses including Silicon Motion Technology, Phison Electronics and JMicron Technology to strengthen their competitiveness, according to industry sources.