By Kim Yoo-chul
Hynix Semiconductor has added another computer chip for mobile applications to its lineup in search of bigger profits.
The world's No. 2 manufacturer of computer chips after Samsung Electronics said Sunday that it has started shipping the fastest data transferring advanced dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip for mobile devices.
``We will increase production of the (energy efficient) chips in the fourth quarter of this year to meet growing demand for flat-panel television sets and high-end handheld devices,'' Hynix spokesperson Park Seong-ae said.
The 1-gigabit LPDDR2 (low-power double-data-rate 2) was produced using 66-nanometer processing technology. The chip has a maximum operating speed of 800 megabits per second at 1.2 volts, according to the company.
``It is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of mobile applications which demand high memory density and fast operating speed features,'' Park said.
Hynix plans to triple its global share of DRAM chips for mobile applications by the end of this year from the current 7 percent. With the market oversupplied, Hynix has been suffering worsening profitability as a collapse in computer chip prices directly hit its DRAM-focused business structure.
The company is expected to release its first quarter earnings in the fourth week of this month.