SK Hynix is expected use in-house developed controller chips for its eMMC devices in 2014, taking advantage of the acquisition of the eMMC device controller unit of Taiwan-based Innostor Technology in August 2013.
SK Hynix is currently using eMMC device controllers mainly
from Silicon Motion Technology, according to a Digitimes.com
report, which did not clarify whether SK Hynix would continue
to work with its partner after rolling out its own
The move would allow the Koeran Company boost its
competitiveness in the eMMC field.
Samsung Electronics and Toshiba/SanDisk are already
developing their own eMMC device controllers, while they also
procuring chips from flash device controller companies.
Kingston Technology has also formed a joint venture with flash
device controller supplier Phison Electronics.
Micron Technology is reportedly is looking to establish a team
engaged in the development of eMMC device controller
solutions. The US firm is currently buying flash controller
chips mainly from Phison.