Korean Defect Detection Provider Nextin In Talks With Chinese Chip Factories For Supply, Sources Say

TheElec reported on Monday that Nextin, a South Korean company involved in the process of detecting product defects and metrology, is in talks with up to five Chinese semiconductor companies to supply its equipment.

In Nextin’s annual sales of last year, 60% of the company’s 49.4 billion won ($41.76 million) came from Chinese manufacturers, and the company is also a supplier to Korean chip giants Samsung and SK Hynix.

At the beginning of this year, Nextin had signed a supply contract with Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), a Chinese semiconductor foundry company. The deal included its “Aegis 2” equipment and was valued at about 6 billion won. According to people familiar with the matter, SMIC is seeking more components from Nextin while the company is also conducting product tests with Changxin Memory Technologies, a Chinese semiconductor foundry.

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The report also shows that Nextin supplied its “Aegis DP” equipment to Yangtze Memory Technologies, a Chinese memory semiconductor manufacturer, and Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit, a Chinese state-owned DRAM manufacturer. The company has also provided kits to SK Hynix’s subsidiary in Wuxi, China.