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SK Hynix to acquire local chip contract manufacturer for $492m

South Korean group's Key Foundry buy to boost 8-inch wafer production capacity

South Korea's SK Hynix is the world's second largest memory chipmaker.

SEOUL (Reuters) -- SK Hynix, the world's second-largest memory chipmaker, said on Friday it will acquire South Korea-based Key Foundry, a chip contract manufacturer, for 576 billion won ($492.41 million).

The 8-inch wafer foundry manufactures chips such as power management, display driver and microcontroller unit semiconductors, SK Hynix said in a statement.

SK Hynix had been in talks to acquire Key Foundry, in which it had a minority stake earlier, since the first half of this year, South Korean media previously reported.

SK Hynix said the acquisition is expected to double its current 8-inch foundry capacity. It already has a chip contract manufacturing unit, SK Hynix System IC.

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