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Samsung showcases latest semiconductor tech at foundry forum

All News 09:20 May 15, 2019

By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, May 15 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday that it showcased its latest semiconductor technologies and foundry solutions to fabless companies and design houses to expand its presence in the global market.

The world's largest memory chip maker introduced its new foundry and cloud platform during the Samsung Foundry Forum held in Santa Clara, California, on Tuesday (local time), attended by some 800 semiconductor industry officials and partners.

Foundry refers to the contract chip manufacturing business for fabless chip makers, such as U.S. tech behemoths Qualcomm and Broadcom, which design and sell semiconductors for various types of electronics.

Samsung said it has provided the process design kit for the 3 nm Gate-All-Around (GAA) process, which improves performance and saves energy over the 7 nm process, to help customers get an early start on design work.

The company also launched a new cloud platform to accelerate design workflow for fabless companies and design houses through collaboration with major public cloud service providers.

Two employees of Samsung Electronics Co. check equipment of the clean room of its semiconductor production facility in this photo provided by the company on May 15, 2019. (Yonhap)

The South Korean tech giant said its road map includes four FinFET-based processes from 7 nm down to 4 nm that leverage extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology.

The nanometer measurement, which is a key metric in the semiconductor fabrication business, is an indicator of the space between transistors on a chip. The smaller the size, the more challenging and expensive the chips generally are to develop and deploy, leaving only a few companies available for clinching deals for advanced chips.

The company said it plans to start mass production of 6 nm process devices and to complete the development of the 4 nm process in the second half of this year.

The product design of Samsung's 5 nm FinFET process, which was developed in April, is expected to be completed in the second half of this year and to go under mass production in the first half of 2020, the firm said.

Samsung has been actively promoting its latest nanometer fab technology to catch up to Taiwan's TSMC, which holds an over 50 percent share of the global foundry market.

Samsung said it plans to hold foundry forums in four other nations, including China, South Korea, Japan and Germany through October to explore new business opportunities.


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