SEOUL, July 17 Samsung Electronics (005930.KS),
the world's largest memory chipmaker, is expected to invest at
least 1 trillion won ($790 million) in a semiconductor production
facility in the second half, a newspaper reported on Friday.
Electronics industry paper ETnews said Samsung spent about
800 billion won in capital expenditure for the chip business in
the second half, without specifying sources.
Kwon Oh-hyun, president of Samsung's semiconductor division,
said at an industry event on Thursday that Samsung expected its
investment in the second half to rise "slightly" from the first
The company has repeatedly declined to disclose the size of
capital investments planned for this year or already made so far.
ETnews said the chip division investment in the second half
would focus on introducing more advanced production technology,
such as 40-nanometre circuitry for DRAM (dynamic random access
memory) chips and 30-nanometre for NAND flash memory.
However, Samsung would be more cautious in capacity expansion
as the memory chip industry was not yet completely out of the
woods despite recent signs of improvement, ETnews quoted Kwon as
Kwon said Samsung's chip business would record a profit in
the second quarter, confirming widespread market expectations,
but he declined to disclose figures, the paper added.
(Reporting by Rhee So-eui; Editing by Chris Lewis)