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Intel to Build An Advanced Research Facility in South Korea, Expanding Partnership With Samsung & SK Hynix

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According to Korean media outlets, US tech giant Intel is reportedly to develop a research facility based on data center development in Seoul, South Korea.

Intel Plans to Expand Collaboration & Research With Major Partners Through Its Seoul Facility

In its Intel Vision 2023 event, Intel declared its intention to develop the facility in South Korea. The company also plans to build six other research facilities in the United States, Taiwan, China, India, and Mexico. Seoul's data center development laboratory will focus on researching and certifying memory technologies such as DDR5 DRAM. It is planned that the Advanced Data Center Development Lab, located in Seoul, will open sometime later this year. Apart from Seoul, other worldwide labs will also be utilized for research and certification on server semiconductors.

Intel plans to expand its collaboration with major players like Samsung and SK Hynix, employing its vast network of research sites. It has been reported that Intel Korea is collaborating with its partners to test and evaluate the performance of its next-generation memory products, such as DDR5 and Compute Express Link.

The data center development lab to be built in Seoul will play a role in verifying and certifying the compatibility of DRAM supplied to Intel CPUs.  Intel is expected to enjoy stronger cooperation with Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix, which make DRAM, through the lab

The markets have been expanding unprecedentedly since the advent of AI. NVIDIA's successful exploitation of the hype and subsequent membership in the trillion-dollar club is a prime example. Due to the increasing need for massive data centers and the anticipated popularity of Intel's Sapphire Rapids CPU family, the company is also attempting to follow in NVIDIA's footsteps.

Regarding industry advancements, SK Hynix recently announced that its 5th Gen 10nm process, 1bnm, has completed validation & will be powering next-gen DDR5 & HBM3E solutions. The business said the Xeon Scalable platform was granted Intel certification for supporting DDR5 products built on the 1bnm node. Samsung has also commenced the mass production of its new 16B DDR5 DRAM, which will utilize a 12nm process node. These advancements are expected to cater to the growth in the market, especially in applications such as data centers, artificial intelligence, and next-generation computing.

Due to diminishing consumer demand, the DRAM sector has been experiencing a slowdown for the last four quarters. Given the state of the industry and the rising worldwide need for data centers, we may anticipate that 2023 will shift the pattern.

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