Samsung Foundry 11 Nano process addition…China region to be target
Park Seul Gee | seul@ | 2017-09-12 11:14:37

Samsung Electronics is actively working to expand its foundry business by strengthening its semiconductor micro-processing lineup. Samsung Electronics added 11nm (nm) process to its existing foundry process roadmap under the strategy of expanding its customer base not only to large customers such as Apple and Qualcomm but also to Chinese companies such as Media Tech. Samsung Electronics plans to take the second place in the world foundry industry next year by producing a small quantity of various products including not only the premium application processor (AP) dominated by its competitor TSMC, but also the popular products.

Samsung Electronics, on September 11, revealed that it will apply 11nm (nm) process `11LPP` to the foundry production from the first half of next year. As a result, Samsung Electronics` foundry process has increased to 14, 11, 10, 8, and 7 nano.

Samsung Electronics, which is already producing 10-nanometer process, is adding new 11nm technology to expand the choice of foundry customers. Based on a 14-nanometer process design environment, 11LPP can improve performance up to 15% and reduce area by up to 10% at power consumption such as 14LPP process.

Besides, Samsung Electronics is developing a 7-nano process to be produced from the second half of next year. Therefore, the number of wafers to which extreme ultraviolet (EUV) exposure equipment has been applied has reached about 200,000 sheets from 2014, and the yield of SRAM (256Mb), which is a measure of the completion of mass production of foundry process, reached 80%.

As such, in May, Samsung Electronics, which has independent foundry division in system LSI sector, recently announced its groundbreaking process roadmaps to the outside world, highlighting its foundry capabilities. This is due to Samsung Electronics needs to make a breakthrough in the foundry business, which is a representative area to expand in the semiconductor market.

In the semiconductor industry, Samsung Electronics` new foundry process roadmap is being analyzed as a customer diversification strategy aimed at companies such as Qualcomm, Apple and Media Tech. Samsung Electronics is concentrating its efforts on customers` bottom line by proposing 11nm process that has already proven to 14nm stability and improved performance to customers who are not easy to apply 10nm AP. In addition, Qualcomm is expected to win a variety of low-end AP foundries as well as premium-grade models.

According to a survey by market research firm Strategy Analytics, Qualcomm had the largest market share of 38% in the mobile AP market, which accounted for the majority of the foundry market, MediaTek 23%, Apple 19%, Samsung Electronics 10 %, And spreadtrum 7%.

On the other hand, the foundry market is expected to grow every year. According to market researcher IHS Markit, the world foundry market is expected to increase from USD 61 billion this year to USD 81.93 billion in 2021. Samsung Electronics, which ranks fourth in the foundry market with 7.9% market share last year, is expected to reach the second place in the industry with double-digit market share by next year.

By Park Seul Gee seul@

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