| South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has blasted and opposed Hynix Semiconductor Inc.'s proposed technology transfer to Taiwan's ProMOS Technologies Inc., according to a report from The Korea Times.
As reported this week, South Korean memory rival Hynix has been in talks to transfer its 54-nm DRAM technology to ProMOS, its technology partner in Taiwan, according to a report from the Chosun Ilbo.
Hynix attempted to transfer 66-nm chip technology to ProMOS, but several parties in Korea blocked the arrangement.
The Korean memory house is seeing opposition in its latest dealings with ProMOS. ''Hwang Chang-gyu, president of Samsung Electronics Semiconductor Business, called the Hynix plan a 'technology leak,'' saying, 'It is difficult to understand the Hynix move. We should protect core technology.' ''
Korea has a so-called ''Industrial Technology Drain Prevention Act,'' a law that stipulates 80-nm or below semiconductor processes cannot be transferred outside the nation.
But Hynix is seeking to have this deal approved--and for good reason. ''Hynix is seeking to diversify its production base, including making products on commission at ProMOS, to cut costs and evade countervailing duties it has to pay if it directly exports goods to the U.S. or Europe,'' according to the Chosun Ilbo.
Hynix is also responding to rival Micron Technology Inc., which this week formed a DRAM technology alliance with Taiwan's Nanya Technology Corp. Micron, which hopes to leverage Nanya's capital, also announced a new fab in Boise, Ida.
Japanese DRAM vendor Elpida Memory Inc. also has a partner in Taiwan. The company has a joint fab venture with Taiwan's Powerchip Semiconductor Corp.