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Samsung to Triple Microchip Production Due to Soaring Demand

The South Korean firm plans to ramp up manufacturing of its advanced chips used for artificial intelligence, 5G, and high-performance computing over the next five years


Korean memory chipmakers Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix look likely to avoid US export curbs on firms working in China, sources said on Tuesday.
This image shows staff at Samsung Electronics with wafers at its chip plant in Hwaseong, South Korea. The chip giant was one of several that won an exemption over the export rules unveiled two weeks go by the US. Handout image given to Reuters on June 30, 2022 by Samsung.

 

Samsung Electronics said on Tuesday it will more than triple its production of advanced microchips by 2027 to match rising global demand.

The South Korean firm will expand manufacturing for its advanced 2-nanometre technology chips and 1.4-nanometre chips, used for artificial intelligence, 5G, and high-performance computing.

New deals are being made despite the global economic downturn, Samsung Electronics’ foundry business executive vice president Moonsoo Kang said.

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Samsung is world’s second largest chipmaker behind Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd (TSMC).

Both firms are big suppliers to western markets, and are involved in the ‘Chip 4’ group, an economic alliance between the US, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, which aims to strengthen microchip supply chains.

5G Demand

Demand for advanced 5-nanometre and finer chips is rapidly increasing due to long-term expansion of high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, 5G and 6G connectivity and automotive applications.

“US customers are especially interested in production in the United States, for supply chain stability,” Kang added. “Our Taylor site is very large… It’s a good site for expansion,” he said.

Samsung is currently building chip production in Taylor, Texas for operations starting in 2024.

 

  • Reuters, with additional editing from Alfie Habershon

 

 

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Alfie Habershon

Alfie is a Reporter at Asia Financial. He previously lived in Mumbai reporting on India's economy and healthcare for data journalism initiative IndiaSpend, as well as having worked for London based Tortoise Media.

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