Samsung will open its semiconductor foundry for small and medium companies
Samsung has its own semiconductor chip manufacturing facilities, and it is changing the way it does business. The company will reportedly stop mass producing fewer products and start producing a variety of goods on a small scale. Apparently, this will reduce the company’s reliance on Apple and Qualcomm, which are its major clients.
Samsung has now decided to open its foundry to other small and medium businesses in the China, South Korea, and the US. The South Korean electronics giant has gone all out and called this new business strategy as ‘open foundry’. According to a report from ETNews, Samsung will hold the ‘Samsung Foundry Forum’ on August 30 in Shanghai where chip designers from major fabless Chinese semiconductor companies have been invited.
Samsung is also planning to announce its semiconductor manufacturing technologies and supporting designs with its possible clients at separate events and meetings. Samsung will share its 14nm and 10nm FinFET fabrication technologies with these customers. Samsung will also use 28nm FD-SOI (Fully Depleted-Silicon On Insulator) technology that increases efficiency in production cost. It will also open more factories to produce 65nm to 130nm chips.
The company has already attracted various small and medium fabless semiconductor firms from South Korea as well as other countries around the world. Chae Jae-ho, the vice president of Above Semiconductor’s development headquarters, said, “We are producing 32-bit MCU through Samsung Electronics’ 65-nano e-Flash process. We are going to successfully enter 32-bit MCU markets based on Samsung’s advanced technical skills in processes.”
The company is also joining hands with chip design houses from South Korea and outside for further improving its chips. AllChips, AlphaChips, e-Silicon, HanaTech, KoreaChips, and VeriSilicon are becoming design house partners for Samsung. Samsung recently lost the contract to manufacture mobile chips for Apple after the ‘chipgate‘ fiasco. The company recently started making chips for AMD and Qualcomm.