SK Hynix One Step Closer to Acquire Intel Memory Assets

SK Hynix One Step Closer to Acquire Intel Memory Assets

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Korean chipmaker SK Hynix came closer to an acquisition of Intel’s NAND memory business after receiving approval from the European Commission. The process of reviews by UK and Chinese authorities remains ongoing.

The EC concluded the acquisition posed no competition concerns, citing limited overlaps between the businesses and a lack of ability or incentive to quash competition. US regulators including the Federal Trade Commission and the Committee on Foreign Investment, cleared the deal in March.

Hynix set up the $9 billion deal in October 2020, covering Intel’s relevant solid-state drive business, component and flash wafer units, and a factory in China. Data from Statista showed Hynix ranked fourth worldwide in NAND flash revenue in 4Q20 with an 11.6 percent share. The acquisition will nearly double its market share, putting it second behind Samsung.

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