Samsung to Crown Texas Fab With $4B USD Revamped SoC Line
August 21, 2012 4:16 PM
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New line should help to fill demand for Qualcomm's SnapDragon 4 and Apple's next generation iPhone/iPad CPU
Since 1996 Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) has poured $9B USD into its
semiconductor fab in Austin, Texas
, one of the nation's largest semiconductor production facilities. As part of its
deep research and development spending commitment
and dedication to stay on top of the mobile market, Samsung is upgrading its CPU line with another $4B USD in investment, taking its total investment in the U.S. facility to $13B USD.
Samsung Electronics is the world's largest supplier of memory chips, and one of the
only suppliers to profit
from its DRAM. It is also the
biggest display manufacturer
The South Korean company produces the chip brains inside every Apple, Inc. (
) iPhone and iPad, part of what has led to wild international demand for its third-party chip-making expertise. Earlier this year Samsung committed to building a new $2B USD system-on-a-chip (SoC) line in South Korea and to retrofitting two memory chip lines for SoC production.
Samsung currently is building its chips on a
second-generation 32 nm silicon
process, though it's also reportedly warming up 28 nm lines for production.
Samsung's CPU supplying plant is located in Austin, Tex. near Texas Instruments and Apple.
[Image Source: Let's Go Digital]
Qualcomm, Inc. (
), which traditionally has relied on Taiwanese fab giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Comp., Ltd. (
) (TSMC) has turned to Samsung [
] for help producing its hot 28 nm
SnapDragon 4 chip
, after TSMC struggled
at the 28 nm node
. SnapDragon 4 is set to power a slew of high end Android and Windows Phone smartphones, as well as
Windows RT tablets and laptops
Samsung [press release via Market Watch]
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8/21/2012 11:53:21 PM
Samsung, as a foreign company is "outsourcing" to the US, keeping Americans employed, while US companies outsource to other countries keeping other countries employed.
Not sure if I should buy domestic brand that made products abroad or buy a foreign name that made products domestically for us to support our country. lol..
Let's see should I buy "American" Qualcomm chips that were made in a different country to be more "American", or should I buy/support Samsung chips made in America?
Nah, I don't care, we live in capitalism, the best product/superior technology should be supported regardless of homage, and kudos for companies who are able expand and give an oppurtunity employ people.
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