The Korean company Samsung Electronics actually outstripped competitors in the development of 5nm technology, but it is able to pay limited attention to third-party customers, since the bulk of its production capacity is working to meet its own needs. Intel’s difficulties in mastering advanced technical processes could force it to become a customer of Samsung.
A year ago, there were rumors that Intel was negotiating with Samsung about the possibility of contract manufacturing of 14nm Rocket Lake processors. At that time, the American giant was having problems with free production capacity due to the sharp rise in demand for processors. Finding opportunities to outsource them was an urgent task. Then the rumors were denied, and Samsung was recommended to be considered as a contract manufacturer of simpler Intel products – in particular, chipsets.
Nomura experts, as Reuters explains, believe in the possibility of cooperation between Intel and Samsung in the field of contract manufacturing. TSMC is unlikely to cope with all orders from Intel, and it is not ready to build new enterprises for the sake of them, as DigiTimes confirmed today. Samsung also has advanced technologies in lithography, so choosing a Korean company as a contractor for Intel would be a logical step. Against this background, Samsung shares rose in price by 5.8% to a five-month high.
The problem is that Samsung doesn’t have a lot of manufacturing facilities ready to place Intel orders. Of course, the Korean company is actively investing in their expansion, and in May it began construction of a new facility that in a year will be able to produce 5nm products for customers, but it is unlikely to fully satisfy the latter’s needs in the coming years. The Korean giant has taken a course to reduce dependence on the memory market, which does not provide adequate financial stability. By the end of the decade, Samsung will spend about $ 111 billion on developing other types of business.
In the structure of the Samsung Foundry division, seven production lines will operate for the needs of third-party customers by the second half of next year, six of which will process silicon wafers with a standard size of 300 mm, and one – 200 mm. In addition to enterprises in South Korea, Samsung operates a specialized enterprise in the United States, in Texas. Several sources have credited Samsung with wanting to partner with GlobalFoundries to gain access to its German facilities, which it inherited from AMD in the past decade.
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