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Hynix speeds up 40nm DRAM migration

Posted: 26 Jul 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DRAM  NAND  manufacturing 

Hynix Semiconductor Inc. posted record sales for its second quarter ended June 30. It also revealed its plans focus on accelerating the migration to 40nm-class process in its DRAM business.

It plans to complete the development of 30-nm-class process technology within this year. It aims to further expand its sales portion of DDR3 and speciality products. For the NAND flash business, it will expand the portion of 30-nm-class products and the mass production of 20-nm-class process will be started in the second half of this year.

Hynix posted stellar results. Consolidated revenues for the second quarter of fiscal year 2010 totaledRs.12,608.51 crore ($2.7 billion), a 16 per cent jump from the previous quarter and a 96 per cent increase from the like period a year ago. Consolidated net income for the quarter was Rs.2,531.97 crore ($542.2 million), a 19 per cent drop from the previous quarter and down 58 per cent from a year ago.

This represented record sales for Hynix. The increase was mainly driven by strong market demand as well as the average selling price improvement of DRAM.

The primary reasons for the difference between the operating profit and net profit were net foreign currency transaction and translation loss and net interest expense and loss arose from early redemption of convertible bonds which was issued in December, 2007.

Quarter-over-quarter, DRAM average selling price and bit shipment climbed by 6 per cent and 7 per cent respectively. NAND flash average selling price declined by 6 per cent while bit shipment increased by 22 per cent quarter-over-quarter.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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