Samsung Electronics’ New Production Line to Focus on 5nm EUV Solutions

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  • Samsung Electronics has announced expansion of its foundry capacity with a new production line in Pyeongtaek, Korea
  • Samsung is scheduled to start mass production of 5nm EUV process in the Hwaseong fab in the second half of this year

Samsung Electronics has announced plans to boost its foundry capacity at the company’s new production line in Pyeongtaek, Korea, to meet growing global demand for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) solutions. The new foundry line, which will focus on EUV-based five nanometer (nm) and below process technology, has just commenced construction this month and is expected to be in full operation in the second half of 2021.

“This new production facility will expand Samsung’s manufacturing capabilities for sub-5nm process and enable us to rapidly respond to the increasing demand for EUV-based solutions,” said Dr ES Jung, president and head of foundry business at Samsung Electronics.

The Korea-headquartered company had announced the development of this technology during April 2019. It had said that the 5nm FinFET process technology provides up to a 25 per cent increase in logic area efficiency with 20 per cent lower power consumption or 10 per cent higher performance as a result of process improvement to enable us to have more innovative standard cell architecture.

5G, high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI)

The expansion, as Samsung informed will play a pivotal role as Samsung aims to expand the use of state-of-the-art process technologies across a myriad of current and next generation applications, including 5G, high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI).

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“We remain committed to addressing the needs of our customers through active investments and recruitment of talents. This will enable us to continue to break new ground while driving robust growth for Samsung’s foundry business,” added Dr Jung.

Following the initial mass production of the EUV-based 7nm process in early 2019, Samsung recently added a new EUV-dedicated V1 line in Hwaseong, Korea, to its global foundry network. With the new Pyeongtaek facility starting full operation in 2021, Samsung’s foundry capacity based on EUV is expected to increase significantly.

Samsung is scheduled to start mass production of 5nm EUV process in the Hwaseong fab in the second half of this year. With the addition of the Pyeongtaek fab, Samsung will have a total of seven foundry production lines located in South Korea and the United States, comprised of six 12 inch lines and one eight inch line.

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