Friday, April 2nd 2021

SK Hynix to Build $106 Billion Mega Factory in South Korea

Today, we are getting a report coming from the South Korean press, stating that the country of South Korea has just given SK Hynix the green light to start building the mega factory complex. Being in the planning phase for a long time, the new mega factory is going to be located in Yongin, a city set 50 km south of the capital Seoul. The company expects to break ground with construction in Q4 of this year, and finish everything and start volume production of DRAM in 2025. When it comes to the size of the new mega factory, the plant is going to have an area of ​​4.15 million square meters.

The total cost of it will be about $106 billion worth of investment from SK Hynix, making all the recent fab construction plans look tiny compared to this massive investment. The mega factory complex would consist out of four fabs, where their total wafer per month output would be around 800,000. These foundries will be in charge of producing regular DRAM, and next-generation DRAM technologies like we have talked about just a few days ago. It remains to be seen what the company will come out with in the future, however, we are watching its moves closely.
SK Hynix Foundry
Source: via ComputerBase.de
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18 Comments on SK Hynix to Build $106 Billion Mega Factory in South Korea

#1
lynx29
and Samsung will probably still beat them. *hugs my B-Die modules)
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ZoneDymo
makes that 20 billion dollar factory of Intel look like child's play
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#3
lynx29
ZoneDymomakes that 20 billion dollar factory of Intel look like child's play
don't worry, America is richest country in world, best there ever was!!! yeeeha!!!!
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#4
TumbleGeorge
1st April? This is yearly GDP of my country. Too many for mega factory maybe equal to super giga factory or tera factory?
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#5
lynx29
TumbleGeorge1st April? This is yearly GDP of my country. Too many for mega factory maybe equal to super giga factory or tera factory?
nah this is most likely legit lol they are a duopoly after all. and it will always be needed.
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#6
R0H1T
Samsung will likely surpass this, total investment, within just a few years. IIRC they're the biggest investor in Fabs currently, including DRAM & NAND, easily surpassing TSMC!
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#7
1d10t
Another option is always welcome, though I might suspect another price fixing is inbound, they must had their return of investment of course :rolleyes:
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#8
Wirko
For Ethereum DAG size, the only way is up, so why not.
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#9
DeathtoGnomes
an area of 4.15 million square meters.
4.15 Sq. Km sounds bigger than that.
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#10
mechtech
ZoneDymomakes that 20 billion dollar factory of Intel look like child's play
Maybe it's $106 billion Korean Won
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#11
Fourstaff
4 fabs? Sounds about right. 27 bln a year is not out of ordinary for DRAM manufacturers.
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#12
64K
mechtechMaybe it's $106 billion Korean Won
At today's currency exchange rate 106 billion Won would be 98 million USD so......no.
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mechtech
64KAt today's currency exchange rate 106 billion Won would be 98 million USD so......no.
Right. I was probably thinking Yen, but thats about 100:1, for some reason I had 10:1 in my head.
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#14
RandallFlagg
Some of the details of this don't make a lot of sense.

4,150,000 square meters is 1,026 acers. This would make the building about 2.5X the largest building in the world.

And this project would cost about 4X the total revenue (not profit, the revenue) of SK Hynix in 2020.

In fact, this project at 106B would cost more than the sum total of all of S Korea's semiconductor exports in 2020, from all manufacturers.

I see the story from a lot of reputable sources but I'm wondering if someone mixed up some of the details.
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64K
RandallFlaggSome of the details of this don't make a lot of sense.

4,150,000 square meters is 1,026 acers. This would make the building about 2.5X the largest building in the world.

And this project would cost about 4X the total revenue (not profit, the revenue) of SK Hynix in 2020.

In fact, this project at 106B would cost more than the sum total of all of S Korea's semiconductor exports in 2020, from all manufacturers.

I see the story from a lot of reputable sources but I'm wondering if someone mixed up some of the details.
They may be adding up the square foot from each floor. They do that with houses too. We have a 3,000 square foot house but it's 3 levels counting the finished basement. Each level is around 1,000 square foot.
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#16
Caring1
Total size of the complex may not equate to building size either as the land size will always be larger, possibly with multiple, multi storey fabs.
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#17
RandallFlagg
64KThey may be adding up the square foot from each floor. They do that with houses too. We have a 3,000 square foot house but it's 3 levels counting the finished basement. Each level is around 1,000 square foot.
That building in China is based on floor space, and it's multiple levels (330ft tall). New Century Global Center. Three Pentagons would fit inside it.

Anyway, I did find that the 1000 acers is the size of the site, not the building floor space.

I still don't get the 106B investment by a company that takes in about $25B/year in revenue and makes maybe $3-$4B profit - based on their record Q4 2020 profit of about $860M USD. That's like someone who makes $3.40 per year income, saying they are going to invest $106,000 on something.

But given the 800,000 wafers/month start rate, that is only about 10-20% under the entire capacity of Intel, so $100B would probably be about right. I wonder where their money is coming from.
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#18
hat
Enthusiast
RandallFlaggI wonder where their money is coming from.
Floods, fires, and power outages :laugh:
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