Samsung Elec, SK Hynix to Boost 11%, 16% in Capex Spending This Year Korean memory chipmakers Samsung Electronics Co. and SK Hynix Inc., which are the world’s largest two players in the dynamic random access memory (DRAM) market will boost capital investment by 11 percent and 16 percent, respectively this year, buoyed by recovery in prices of mainstream memory and heated demand for nextgeneration memory to power high-performance computing and mobile devices, according to global market data provider IC Insights.
Samsung Electronics will top the Capex ranking with estimated spending of $12.5 billion, up 11 percent from last year. SK Hynix pledged $6 billion to ramp up capacity to meet burgeoning demand in 3D non-volatile storage (NAND) fl ash. They had cut spending by 13 percent and 14 percent, respectively, last year on the back of a weak DRAM market that ended up in a supply shortage and jump in DRAM prices toward the end of the year.
SK Hynix has already approved a budget for 7 trillion won spending largely to expand cleanroom space at the M14 fab in Icheon, Gyeonggi Province.
The world’s largest memory chipmaker is yet to announce its spending plans for this year. Samsung Electronics is building the world’s largest chipmaking compound in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul. From the latt er half, the facility will turn out NAND fl ash. | Blog Magazine of korean electronics, brands and Goods

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