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Chipmakers' outlook brighter despite falling prices: analysts

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, April 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top chipmakers are expected to see their earnings improve in 2014, with rising demands recouping losses from the falling prices of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips, analysts said Wednesday. Data from market researcher DRAMeXchange said that the fixed price of DDR3 2Gb 256Mx8 1333MHz chips, the standard in setting the price of DRAMs, came to US$1.81 in the second half of March, down 8.1 percent from the $1.97 a year earlier.

SK hynix develops high-capacity DDR4 module

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, April 7 (Yonhap) -- SK hynix Inc., South Korea's No. 2 chipmaker, said Monday it has developed the industry's most advanced double data rate-4 (DDR4) module with a capacity of 128 gigabytes (GB), significantly improving speed and efficiency. Based on the 8-gigabit(Gb)-DDR4, SK said it expanded the maximum capacity by two-fold from the previous model of 64GB with the Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology, which allows the dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) to be connected with higher electrical efficiency.

Samsung, SK hynix claim development of world's first LPDDR4

SEOUL, Dec. 30 (Yonhap) -- Both Samsung Electronics Co. and SK hynix Inc. claimed Monday to have developed the next-generation mobile DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chip with twice-as-fast speed than the existing model. Dubbed the new LPDDR4 (Low Power DDR4), the product is the industry's first eight-gigabit memory chip using 20 nanometer technology with a speed of 3,200 megabits per second (Mbps), two times faster than the 1,600 Mbps of its predecessor LPDDR3, the companies said.

Samsung, SK hynix claim development of world's first LPDDR4

SEOUL, Dec. 30 (Yonhap) -- Both Samsung Electronics Co. and SK hynix Inc. claimed Monday to have developed the next-generation mobile DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chip with twice-as-fast speed than the existing model. Dubbed the new LPDDR4 (Low Power DDR4), the product is the industry's first eight-gigabit memory chip using 20 nanometer technology with a speed of 3,200 megabits per second (Mbps), two times faster than the 1,600 Mbps of its predecessor LPDDR3, the companies said.

SK hynix develops world's first TSV-based chip

SEOUL, Dec. 26 (Yonhap) -- SK hynix Inc., the world's No. 2 chipmaker, said Thursday it has developed the world's first memory chip equipped with the Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology, significantly improving speed and efficiency. The South Korean chipmaker said the high-bandwidth memory chip has a 128-gigabytes-per-second processing speed, which is four times faster than the GDDR5 chips, and can run on a relatively small power of 1.2 volts. The latest product by SK hynix will also consume 40 percent less power, the company added.

SK hynix develops world's first TSV-based chip

SEOUL, Dec. 26 (Yonhap) -- SK hynix Inc., the world's No. 2 chipmaker, said Thursday it has developed the world's first memory chip equipped with the Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology, significantly improving speed and efficiency. The South Korean chipmaker said the high-bandwidth memory chip has a 128-gigabytes-per-second processing speed, which is four times faster than the GDDR5 chips, and can run on a relatively small power of 1.2 volts. The latest product by SK hynix will also consume 40 percent less power, the company added.

Samsung mass produces most advanced DDR4

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co., the world's top memory chipmaker, said Friday it began mass producing the industry's most advanced double data rate-4 (DDR4) modules for enterprise servers. The 16 gigabyte and 32 gigabyte DDR4 dynamic random access memory (DRAM) modules, based on 20-nanometer class technology, will support the need for advanced DDR4 in rapidly expanding, large-scale data centers and other enterprise server applications, Samsung said. Enterprise servers are servers optimized for corporate use and have large data storage systems.

DRAM prices remain flat in June

SEOUL, June 27 (Yonhap) -- Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip prices remained flat in June after rising for seventh consecutive months, data showed Thursday. The fixed price of DDR3 2Gb 256Mx8 1333MHz chips averaged US$1.55 in the second half of this month, unchanged from the first half of this month, according to the data by market researcher DRAMeXchange. After falling to a record low of $0.80 in November 2012, the price has been trending higher this year, marking more than a 90 percent jump from the end of last year.

DRAM price-rise

SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip prices continued to climb in the second half of March but the growth pace slowed, data showed Monday. The fixed price of DDR3 2Gb 256Mx8 1333MHz chips came to US$1.31 in the second half of March, up 2.34 percent from the first half of the month, according to the data by market researcher DRAMeXchange. The gain in the chip price compares with an 18.52 percent rise during the first two weeks of last month, the data showed.

DRAM-price hike

SEOUL, March 18 (Yonhap) - The price of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips has jumped more than 18 percent since the second half of February amid forecasts of a squeezed supply, data showed Monday. The fixed price of DDR3 2Gb 256Mx8 1333MHz chips came to US$1.28 in the first half of March, up from $1.08 in the second half of last month, according to the data by market researcher DRAMeXchange.
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