Samsung Electronics is expected to announce mass production of 3-nanometer semiconductors next week, sources said on Wednesday, beating its foundry rival TSMC in the advanced chipmaking process.
The next-generation 3nm chips will be built on Gate-All-Around (GAA) technology, which Samsung says can reduce area by up to 45 percent while providing 30 percent higher performance and 50 percent lower power consumption than existing FinFETs. will allow. process.
The South Korean tech giant showed off its 3nm chips to US President Joe Biden last month, when he visited Samsung’s Pyeongtaek complex, the world’s largest semiconductor facility located about 70 kilometers south of Seoul, Yonhap news agency reports. Is.
TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip maker, said it would begin mass production of 3nm chips in the second half of the year.
The two companies are in fierce competition to outperform each other by bringing the most advanced and efficient chips to the mass market and to win customers for contract chip manufacturing.
Samsung, the world’s largest memory chip maker and second largest foundry company, has said that its 2nm process node was in the early stages of development, with mass production planned for 2025.
According to industry tracker TrendForce, TSMC accounted for 53.5 percent of the global foundry market in the first quarter of this year, followed by Samsung with 16.3 percent.
“The first is technology, the second is technology, and the third is technology,” Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong said on his return from a business trip to Europe earlier this month.
Lee visited Dutch chip equipment manufacturer ASML to expand chip collaboration and procure ASML’s extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography systems, which are essential to the production of advanced chips.
In 2019, Samsung unveiled a massive investment plan worth 171 trillion won (US$151 billion) in the logic chip and foundry sectors by 2030, as tech giant I.
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