Samsung Electronics Targeting Mass Production of 2nm Chips by 2025, 1.4nm by 2027
Samsung began mass-producing chips with 3nm technology in June 2022
Samsung’s chip contract manufacturing business said on Tuesday it plans to more than triple its advanced chips production capacity by 2027 to meet strong demand despite current global economic headwinds.
The world’s second-largest foundry after Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is targeting mass production of advanced 2-nanometre technology chips by 2025 and 1.4-nanometre chips by 2027, set for use in applications such as high-performance computing and artificial intelligence.
What is the master Plan?
“There has been some progress this year, and costs are being reflected. New orders won currently will be made after 2-3 years. So the direct impact of the current atmosphere will be minimal,” said Moonsoo Kang, executive vice president of Samsung’s foundry business.
Samsung began mass producing chips with 3-nanometre technology in June. The company was in talks with potential customers for a 3-nanometre collaboration, including Qualcomm, Tesla, and AMD, Samsung said.
Samsung, the world’s largest memory chip maker, has had difficulties in meeting clients’ expectations for foundry yields in recent years.
Analysts said the company had pushed advanced technology too quickly to compete with TSMC but had suffered from having less experience with the long-term client cooperation needed in contract manufacturing.
Samsung Co-CEO told reporters its foundry business had lagged behind TSMC’s development schedule and performance in 5 and 4-nanometre chips. But customers were interested in the second version of 3-nanometre chips to be made in 2024.
“We have kept in line with customers’ expectations since the start of 3-nanometre mass production this year,” Kang said.
He noted that demand for advanced 5-nanometre and finer chips is rapidly increasing despite current inflationary pressures.
“The industry may find it difficult to meet demand even if all planned investments are executed,” he said.
The limited number of advanced chip-making machines that can be produced by Dutch company ASML limits how much-advanced chip capacity can be added, Kang added.
“US customers are especially interested in production in the United States, for supply chain stability,” Kang said. “Our Taylor site is very large. It’s a good site for expansion,” he added.
Samsung is currently building chip production in Taylor, Texas for operations starting in 2024.