Samsung unveils new foundry tech critical for 3nm chip production


Samsung Electronics, the South Korean multinational conglomerate, has reportedly revealed its strategy to consolidate the ecosystem of the global foundry industry as it unveiled novel design tools and technologies critical for the 3-nanometer technology for its foundry clients.

The chipmaker's foundry unit claimed it has also acquired over 80 electronic design automation technologies and tools specialized for semiconductor design infrastructure as well as packaging solution at its third annual Samsung Advanced Foundry Ecosystem symposium, which was hosted online.

It is crucial for the firm's 3-nanometer (nm) gate-all-around (GAA) process technology, which is expected to go into production during first half of 2022.

Ryan Lee, foundry design platform development head and senior vice president, Samsung Electronics, stated that Samsung and its foundry associates have made significant progress in addressing to rising customer demand as well as supporting business performance by offering effective solutions in the fast evolving data-centric world.

Samsung will spearhead the fulfilment of the concept 'Performance Platform 2.0' with the help of its SAFE program.

The firm also discussed its high-performance computing (HPC), cloud, package solution, electronic design automation (EDA), artificial intelligence (AI), as well as design solution partner infrastructure expansion (DSP).

The foundry industry refers to the production of chip designs for other organizations who do not possess a semiconductor fabrication facilities of their own.

Samsung also showcased most of the performance improvements it has gained as a result of its collaborations with fabless firms. For its fabless customers, the chipmaker has been collaborating with 12 international design solution partners to create low-energy and high-performance semiconductor designs.

Simon Segars, CEO of Arm, the British software and semiconductor design firm, stated that its long-standing relationship with Samsung Foundry has been critical in expanding business opportunities across a plethora of markets for both firms’ combined partner ecosystem.

This strong cooperation will continue as the two enterprises collaborate to refine the next-generation Armv9 chips on Samsung Foundry's cutting-edge processes, notably GAA, to deliver an optimal solution that is suited for today's world and future technologies.

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