Hynix Semiconductor Inc, a global leader in the electronics memory industry, is extending its Chinese and South Korean fabs’ capacities in order to meet booming demand and has also extended an agreement with Air Liquide for gas supply.

In China, Air Liquide is expanding its long term carrier gas agreement with the Hynix-Numonyx B.V. joint-venture at its giant wafer fab in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, around 100km from Shanghai.

Hynix-Numonyx will require a number of gases for its 300mm wafer fabs dedicated to NAND flash memories. To that end, Air Liquide China will expand the oxygen, argon, hydrogen, helium and compressed dry air supply, while in order to fulfil the rapidly increasing demand in ultra pure nitrogen, the company will invest in two Ultra High Purity Nitrogen (HPN) generators. The total investment will be around €35m.

MP3 players, digital cameras, cellular phones, gaming devices, and USB keys are among just some of the daily electronic consumer products that use NAND Flash Memory for data storage.

In South Korea, Hynix has also renewed its confidence by choosing Air Liquide as its partner for the equipment and installation of bulk electronics specialty gas dispensing systems for its new 300 mm fab located in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, around 130km south-east of Seoul.

M.C. Kim, Vice-President and Chief Procurement Officer of Hynix Semiconductor said, “These increases in capacity are in line with our strategy to expand our 300mm output and to maximise our production efficiency.”

“Air Liquide is a long time partner which has already supported our projects throughout the world. Its reliability and efficiency have stood the test of time and we are delighted to collaborate with them again on this project.”

Christophe Fontaine, Vice-President Electronics of Air Liquide, shared this enthusiasm as he explained, “Our long term relationship with Hynix allows us to fully understand our customer’s requirements and expectations and we are very excited to work with them on those projects.”

Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (Hynix) of Icheon, South Korea, is one of the world’s top tier memory semiconductor suppliers offering Dynamic Random Access Memory chips (DRAM’s) and Flash memory chips to a wide range of established international customers.