SK hynix plans to improve the technical level of its Wuxi factory in China and promote the development of the semiconductor industry
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SK hynix plans to improve the technical level of its Wuxi factory in China and promote the development of the semiconductor industry

Posted Date: 2024-01-17

South Korean dynamic random access memory (DRAM) manufacturer SK Hynix is ​​considering upgrading equipment at its Wuxi factory in China to improve the production process. Currently, the factory mainly produces 10-nanometer DRAM chips. However, due to restrictions on U.S. semiconductor exports to China, especially for advanced EUV lithography machines, this has brought challenges to SK Hynix’s technology upgrades.

As the global semiconductor market recovers, SK Hynix recognizes that in order to maintain its market position, it is necessary to launch higher-performance DRAM products. This means they need to upgrade to DRAM above the 10nm level, or even fourth-generation DRAM or higher. As the core production base of SK Hynix, the Wuxi factory accounts for approximately 40% of the company's total DRAM production.

Korean media has paid great attention to the rapid development of China's semiconductor industry. Some analysts pointed out that despite facing US restrictions, China's semiconductor manufacturers are actually much stronger than outsiders think. Chinese companies are actively purchasing key semiconductor manufacturing equipment to enhance their production capabilities. Last year, orders from China for international semiconductor equipment manufacturers, including the Dutch ASML Group, increased significantly.

SK Hynix's plan to upgrade its factory in China reflects the overall trends in the semiconductor market and China's important progress in high-performance semiconductor manufacturing. This has prompted other Korean chip companies to rethink their strategies in China and look for ways to become more competitive.

Review Editor: Huang Fei


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