Samsung Plans 20 nm, 14 nm Lines for Smartphone Chips
June 7, 2012 5:46 PM
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While future as a supplier is uncertain, Samsung looks to give itself an edge in process
Other than Intel Corp. (
), the company perhaps investing the most in
chipmaking research and development
is Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
). Perhaps that's because Samsung -- like Intel -- actually manufactures the chips it sells, a rarity in today's market. And
, Samsung is willing to
spend extra to try to gain an edge
over competitors who source to third-party chip fabricators.
, that it will build a new chip line for 300 mm wafers built on 20 nm and 14 nm processes. The cost is estimated to be $1.9B USD, a pretty big chunk of change from Samsung's large research budget.
A location for the new line has not been announced, but it's quite possible that it could be added on the
company's Texas property
, which currently produces the chips found in nearly all of the smartphones sold by the
world's top two
-- Samsung and Apple, Inc. (
Samsung is investing billions to improve its chipmaking. [Image Source: BSN]
Gartner, Inc. (
), a market research company, estimates that orders of smartphone chips will soar from $23B USD in 2011 to $59B USD by 2016. Samsung looks poised to vie with Intel for dominance in this market, thanks to process advantages that third-party fabs with smaller budgets -- such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Comp., Ltd. (
) don't have.
Samsung also looks to continue to dominate the market for memory and storage chips. The DRAM line -- perhaps the
last profitable one in the world
-- will look to add process updates to continue to accomodate the thirst for lower power designs. Samsung is also building in China a new plant to produce bleeding edge NAND flash storage chips, which will cost 4-5T won ($3.4-$4.2B USD) to complete.
Timeframes for the new processor and NAND lines have not been announced.
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6/7/2012 7:52:19 PM
...patent "smartphones made with using a 14nm process"!!
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