SAN JOSE, Calif. The chairman of Hynix, Jong Kap Kim, is visiting Oregon Wednesday (July 23) on a trip that involves meetings with the governor, the mayor of Eugene--where the company has an eight-inch DRAM fab--and the president of the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Speculation about the purpose of the trip is rampant according to the local newspaper that first reported the visit. The plant may have been picked for an upgrade to 12-inch wafers or be the target of a diversification into CMOS sensors (following in line with competitor Micron) or solar cells.
Even Eugene's mayor, Kitty Piercy, claims she doesn't have any details before today's meeting. Employees outside the fab, where some 1,100 people work, said the company had made no communications to them either when we visited earlier today.
The plant, as shown below, is large and new with plenty of surrounding land—an ideal site for expanding or at least continuing operations. The meeting with the university president also suggests Kim's agenda includes topics that might tough on research.