SK Hynix

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SK hynix Inc.
Native name
에스케이하이닉스 주식회사
KRX: 000660
Founded15 October 1949; 73 years ago (1949-10-15) as Gukdo construction

26 February 1983; 40 years ago (1983-02-26) as Hyundai Electric Industry 2001 as Hynix Semiconductors

2012 as SK hynix
HeadquartersIcheon, South Korea
Key people
Seok-hee Lee (CEO)
ProductsDRAM, NAND flash
RevenueIncrease US$35.27 billion (2018)
Increase US$18.34 billion (2018)
Increase US$13.67 billion (2018)
Total assetsIncrease US$56.08 billion (2018)
Total equityIncrease US$41.22 billion (2018)
Number of employees
Korea: 22,254 (2016)[1]
ParentSK Group Edit this at Wikidata

SK hynix Inc. is a South Korean supplier of dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) chips and flash memory chips. Hynix is the world's second-largest memory chipmaker (after Samsung Electronics)[2] and the world's third-largest semiconductor company.[3] Founded as Hyundai Electronic Industrial Co., Ltd. in 1983[4] and known as Hyundai Electronics, the company has manufacturing sites in Korea, the United States, mainland China[5] and Taiwan. In 2012, when SK Telecom became its major shareholder, Hynix merged with SK Group[4] (the third largest conglomerate in South Korea).

The company's major customers include Microsoft, Apple,[6] Asus, Dell, MSI, HP Inc., and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (formerly Hewlett-Packard).[2] Other products that use Hynix memory include DVD players, cellular phones, set-top boxes, personal digital assistants, networking equipment, and hard disk drives.[7]


  • 1949: Founded as Gukdo construction.[8]
  • 1983: Incorporated and renamed as Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd.[4]
  • 1985: Started mass production of 256K DRAM under a licensing agreement with U.S. company Vitelic Corporation.[9]
  • 1986: The Hyundai-manufactured Blue Chip PC was sold in discount and toy stores throughout the US. It is one of the earliest PC clones marketed toward consumers instead of business[10]
  • 1993: Took over Maxtor (US HDD main factory)
  • 1996: Initial public offering on the Korea Stock Exchange[11]
  • 1999: Merged with LG Semiconductor Co., Ltd (founded in 1979), then a division of LG Electronics.[4][11][12][13]
  • 2000: Spun off Hyundai Image Quest, Hyundai Autonet and Hyundai Calibration & Certification Technologies
  • 2001: Changed the company name to Hynix Semiconductor Inc.[11] (from Hyundai Electronics); spun off Hyundai Syscomm, Hyundai CuriTel, and Hyundai Networks; completed spin-off from Hyundai Group[11]
  • 2002: Sold HYDIS, TFT-LCD Business Unit
  • 2004: Signed System IC Business Transfer Agreement with System Semiconductor
  • 2005: Emerged from Corporate Restructuring Promotion Act ahead of schedule. Fined US$185M for involvement in DRAM price fixing cartel
  • 2006: Posted record the highest revenues since foundation
    Established global manufacturing network with complete construction of Hynix-ST Semiconductor Inc.
    Hynix's wholly owned manufacturing subsidiary in China
  • 2007: Appointed Jong-Kap Kim as the new Chairman & CEO
  • 2009: Company put up for sale by its lenders after it defaulted on loans and a subsequent debt-equity swap
  • 2010: Fine of €51.47 million for illegally fixing prices with eight other memory chip makers.[14]
    In January 2010, Hynix Semiconductor Inc was put up for sale in an auction valued at close to $3 billion.[15][16]
    On 31 August 2010, HP announced collaboration with Hynix to bring memristor to high volume manufacturing step (targeted for 2013).[17]
  • 2012: SK Group, the third-largest conglomerate in South Korea, acquired a 21.05% stake in Hynix.[18]
  • 2013: Fab 1 and Fab 2 in China both suffered a massive fire which took the factories offline temporarily.[19]
  • 2014: SK hynix acquired the firmware division of Softeq Development FLLC to make it part of its global R&D network alongside Italy-based Ideaflash S.r.l, Link_A_Media Devices and Violin Memory in the US, and Taiwanese Innostor Technology.[20][21]
  • 2020: Hynix announced agreement to purchase Intel's NAND business for $9 billion, which closed in 2021.[22] This spinoff created a new company, Solidigm, fully owned by SK Hynix.[23][24]


A 512 MB DDR 333 MHz SO-DIMM Hynix memory module

Hynix produces a variety of semiconductor memories, including:

Treatment of employees[edit]

2020 incentive bonus controversy[edit]

In January 2021, employees complained about the decision to pay a bonus of 20% of their annual salary. This is because performance-based bonuses were less than half of Samsung Electronics' peers. Samsung Electronics' sales and operating profit are far above SK Hynix's, so there is no reason to pay the same performance-based bonus simply because of its increased operating profit, but the amount of performance-based bonus has not changed at all compared to 19 years. Sales and operating profit increased by 18.2% and 84.3% compared to 19 years, but the scale of performance-based bonuses has been set due to the management's unilateral notification.

Due to the nature of the semiconductor industry, which is actively moving to the same industry, attracting manpower is important, but due to the reform of various wage systems, there has been a controversy over performance-based pay.[25][1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "사 업 보 고 서". Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b Lee, Youkyung (26 July 2012). "SK Hynix sinks to loss on oversupply, weak demand". Seoul, South Korea. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Gartner Says Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Grew 1.1% in 2022". Gartner. 17 January 2023. Retrieved 2023-04-17.
  4. ^ a b c d "Investor Relations: FAQ". SK hynix. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  5. ^ Hynix completes new chip plant in China, Yonhap News Agency, 17 June 2010.
  6. ^ By Paul Briden, Know Your Mobile. "iPhone SE One Week Later: "Adoption Has Been Low"." 8 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Analysis of SK hynix". Dublin: Research and Markets. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  8. ^ "sk하이닉스" (in Korean). Encyclopedia of Korean Culture. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  9. ^ "The Korean system of innovation and the semiconductor industry:a governance perspective" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 17 May 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  10. ^ "IBM home computer clones stream in with quality, low prices". The Christian Science Monitor. 4 November 1986. Hyundai, the South Korean maker of one of the hottest and cheapest compact cars on sale in the United States, is beginning to hawk its Blue Chip Computer in more than 500 discount stores nationwide. The unit is compatible with the IBM PC-XT.
  11. ^ a b c d "Hynix Annual Report 2003". 2003. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  12. ^ Journal, Hae Won ChoiStaff Reporter of The Wall Street (16 March 1999). "LG Semicon Sale Is Seen Helping LG Electronics". The Wall Street Journal.
  13. ^ "Hyundai And LG Semicon To Merge Chip Ops". EETimes. 24 September 1998.
  14. ^ "EU fines Samsung Elec, others for chip price-fixing".
  15. ^ Business Week, 15 December 2009.
  16. ^ "UPDATE 1-Hynix stake up for sale in auction again in Dec". Reuters. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  17. ^ HP Collaborates with Hynix to Bring the Memristor to Market in Next-generation Memory,, 2010.
  18. ^ Hynix names Chey as co-CEO as SK completes $3 billion deal, Reuters, 14 February 2012.
  19. ^ Hynix says fire did not cripple China chip-making plant, Reuters, 4 September 2013.
  20. ^ "SK hynix acquires Softeq's firmware". 5 June 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  21. ^ "SK hynix to Acquire Firmware Business of Belarus-based Softeq". Archived from the original on 19 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  22. ^ "South Korea's SK Hynix to buy Intel's NAND business for $9 billion". 20 October 2020. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  23. ^ Anderson, Mark (24 May 2022). "Intel spinoff Solidigm to open Rancho Cordova R&D office, lab". American City Business Journals.
  24. ^ Joseph F. Kovar (24 January 2022). "Solidigm CEO: Spinning Out of Intel To SK Hynix 'Gives Us The Greater Scale We Need'". CRN.
  25. ^ Retrieved 7 February 2021. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

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