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Samsung turns to SK Hynix for mobile memory support

Posted: 19 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smartphone? DRAM? chip supplier?

According to a several local reports, Samsung Electronics is looking to source its mobile DRAM chips from its biggest competitor in South Korea-SK Hynix.

Samsung, which depends heavily on its internal supply, expects a possible shortage of mobile memory ICs by the third quarter of this year as it comes out with new products so it is merely covering all bases to ensure that there will not be disruptions, said the company's mobile business head , J.K. Shin. Ensuring that there are enough Galaxy S4 hitting store shelves is paramount in order to meet demand and exceed sales forecasts.

SK Hynix currently sells LPDDR-class memory to Apple, begging the question whether a deal with Samsung would have any impact since both companies have high supply demands for their flagship smartphones and tablet devices. Industry sources reveal that the volume order for mobile DRAM chips from SK Hynix is big enough to cover about 10 per cent of Samsung's smartphone output for the entire year.

Major memory IC makers like SK Hynix, Samsung and Micron are shifting their commodity DRAM manufacturing capacities to mobile memory, which should ease the supply constraints for LPDDR-class chips, but will naturally affect output of DDR3 memory for personal computers.

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