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Intel’s $9B NAND SSD, Memory Sale To SK Hynix: 6 Big Things To Know

Dylan Martin

CRN dives deep into the details of Intel’s NAND SSD divestiture, how it will help SK Hynix, which Intel products it will impact and what it means for Intel’s Optane business.

Intel’s Standing In The SSD Market And What The Deal Means For SK Hynix

The share of revenue for Intel and SK Hynix in the NAND flash market in the second quarter of this year was 11.5 percent and 11.7 percent, respectively, putting them behind larger players like Micron, Western Digital, Kioxia and memory juggernaut Samsung, according to research firm TrendForce.

However, with Intel’s plan to sell its NAND memory and storage business to SK Hynix, the research firm projects that the South Korean chipmaker’s NAND flash market share will grow to more than 20 percent, putting it in second place ahead of Kioxia and right behind Samsung.

TrendForce, in a research note issued Tuesday, said Intel “has been performing superbly in the enterprise SSD market,” putting it on par with Samsung, which means good news for SK Hynix.

“The acquisition of Intel’s 3D NAND Flash capacity will massively elevate SK Hynix’s competitiveness in the enterprise SSD market,” the firm said. “Going forward, it remains to be seen how the two companies will optimize their product portfolios following the acquisition in order to maximize profits.”

 
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