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Hynix to construct 12-inch wafer facility in Cheongju

Posted: 30 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Hynix Semiconductor Inc. announced the groundbreaking of its front-end 12-inch wafer fab in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea. The facility, named M11, will manufacture high-density NAND flash memory devices implementing sub-48nm process technology.

Hynix will invest a total of $4.09 billion to build the M11 plant. The company aims to complete the construction of M11 in Q2 2008 and start mass-production the next quarter. The plant will be constructed on a 108,687m? site located in the Cheongju Industrial Complex where Hynix currently operates two manufacturing facilities.

"The groundbreaking of M11 has a significant meaning amid growing competition for 12-inch facilities in the semiconductor industry," Jong-kap Kim, chairman and CEO, Hynix, said during the groundbreaking ceremony. "M11 will lay the first stone for Hynix to leap into the best semiconductor manufacturer, securing competitiveness for sustainable growth."

Compared to 8-inch wafers, 12-inch wafers can boost productivity by over 2.5 times, said the company.

At present, Hynix has two 12-inch fabs. It acquires additional 12-inch wafers through the foundry supply agreement with ProMos in Taiwan.

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