Menu
Hynix, Sandisk settle patent dispute

Hynix, Sandisk settle patent dispute

Hynix Semiconductor and Sandisk have reached a patent cross-licence agreement and will jointly manufacture and sell NAND flash memory in addition to developing four-bit-per-cell flash memory, the companies jointly n Wednesday.

Both companies will invest in increased manufacturing capacity at Hynix, the world's number two producer of DRAM (dynamic RAM) memory chips, based in South Korea.

The four-bit-per-cell flash technology, called x4, allows for more storage on a flash memory chip for the same manufacturing cost. Hynix had been collaborating with M-Systems Flash Disk Pioneers on x4 technology. Sandisk, however, bought M-Systems for US$1.5 billion in November 2006.

Neither company detailed what happened to the collaboration on x4 after Sandisk bought M-Systems. But the new agreement resolves intellectual-property issues between them and puts aside "distractions," says OC Kwon, senior vice president of Hynix, in a statement.

As well, on Tuesday, Hynix reached an agreement with Toshiba to share semiconductor patents, ending patent-infringement suits in the US and Japan.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags hynixsandisk

Featured

Slideshows

Reseller News ICT Industry Awards 2017 - Meet the winners...

Reseller News ICT Industry Awards 2017 - Meet the winners...

Reseller News honoured the industry’s finest on a standout evening for the New Zealand channel, recognising the achievements of established and emerging partners on a memorable night in Auckland.

Reseller News ICT Industry Awards 2017 - Meet the winners...
Show Comments