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SK Hynix faces $1.1B NAND flash tech leak suit

22 Jul 2014  | Junko Yoshida

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On the same day that SanDisk filed suit in California, authorities in Tokyo arrested Sugita on criminal charges. Toshiba said the company filed its trade-secrets suit against SK Hynix after learning of Sugita's arrest.

High-stake memory market

Memory chipmakers held the key to a resurgence in worldwide semiconductor revenue in 2013, which rose 5 per cent year-over-year in 2013, according to IHS Technology.

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Global semiconductor market share Source: IHS

In the list of top 25 global semiconductor suppliers (by revenue) released by IHS in late April, the market research firm explained that "DRAM and NAND in wireless propelled the global semiconductor growth in 2013," noting in particular that makers of memory ICs like Micron and SK Hynix enjoyed booming years in 2013.

For Toshiba, whose rank dropped from fifth place to sixth (in contrast to SK Hynix which moved up from seventh to fifth) in 2013, protecting its NAND memory technology and market share is obviously critical.

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NAND flash market share Source: IHS

- Junko Yoshida
  EE Times

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