SK Hynix will acquire Intel’s NAND memory chip and storage business in a $9 bn deal which also includes laters manufacturing site in China. Intel will keep its “Optane” business of more advanced memory products. The deal will make SK Hynix the world’s second-largest provider of NAND flash memory chips after Samsung. Intel is moving towards more diverse tech while shedding operations in China amidst trade war between Washington and Beijing.
World’s second largest DRAM producer – SK Hynix – has launched the world’s first DDR5 DRAM in S Korea. It is a next-gen DRAM standard with transfer rates of 4800-5600 Mbps – 1.8X faster than DDR4. The product also consumes less power with operating voltage 1.1V, being lowered from DDR4’s 1.2 V. It is optimised for use in data intensive applications – big data, AI, ML. Researchers expect DDR5 to cover 10% of the total DRAM market in 2022 and 43% in 2024.
Intel Corp has received licences from US authorities to continue supplying certain products to Huawei, an Intel spokesperson said on Tuesday. From September 15, new curbs have barred US firms from supplying or servicing Huawei. Last week, China’s SMIC also sought permission to continue servicing Huawei. S Korean Chipmaker SK Hynix also applied for the some but did not gain approval. Some observers compare the current scenario to the ‘Cold War’ arms race.
S Korean electronics giant Samsung and SK Hynix will reportedly stop selling components to Huawei, following the US sanctions on the Chinese handset firm. The US govt last month had barred non-US firms from selling components that were built using American tech to Huawei. This is a big jolt to the company as soon as it wouldn’t be able to develop in-house Kirin chipsets. Taiwan-based TMSC also suspended sales to Huawei, leaving it with very few souring options.