In the middle of the global chip shortage, the tech giant Samsung informed that he will build a chip factory advanced (3mn) in Texas, The United States, which in turn could cope with Manzana and his alliance with TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.).
The plant is expected to start operate in the second half of 2024, therefore, momentarily it will not help to shovel the crisis of semiconductors that is threatening the tech sector since last year.
During the announcement of the vice chairman of the board of directors and CEO of Samsung Electronics, Kinam kim, it was revealed that they will invest $ 17 billion, being the largest investment ever made by the company in the United States.
It is estimated that the plant generate 2,000 direct jobs, as well as another 1,000 indirect ones. It will be located in the town of Taylor, about 50 kilometers from the city of Austin, where the South Korean company has another semiconductor plant.
“With a greater manufacturing capacity we will be able to better meet the needs of our customers and contribute to the stability of the semiconductor supply chain globally, “said Kinam Kim.
Construction of the chip factory would begin beginning of next year in a space of more than 5 million square meters, which possibly in the future will become a key place in the sector worldwide.
Samsung pointed out that in the silver they will manufacture advanced processors for 5G, high-performance computing and artificial intelligence.
Samsung arrives at the right time
The announcement of the South Korean technology company not only occurs in the context of the shortage of chips, but when the government of Joe biden promoted the production and research of semiconductors in the country to reduce their dependence abroad.
Although the shortage It is related to the impact of the pandemic, meteorological phenomena, among other factors, the United States, already had a certain backwardness in the technology sector. According to the Semiconductor Industry Association, the world’s share of chip production has dropped from 37% in 1990 to 12% today.
Therefore, members of the White House indicated that this facility will help “protect our supply chains, revitalize our manufacturing base and create quality jobs.”
One of the actions of the US Senate was the recent approval of a plan for the construction of chip plants with a subsidy of 52,000 million dollars. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Samsung will have a $ 27 million grant for job creation.
Samsung and its relationship with Apple and TSCM
Up to now Manzana had to use Qualcomm for the production of your chipsHowever, for economic reasons and to reduce its dependence, it formed an alliance with TSMC. According Nikkei Asia, the Taiwanese company will make 5G modems for iPhone starting in 2023.
As such, Apple would adopt 4nm chip production technology (which requires a transition) with TSMC for mass production of its first 5G modem, in addition to its own power management chips for it. Those components were provided by Qualcomm.
In that sense, Qualcomm will not stand idly by, as some suggest that it will now join the ranks of Apple’s competition, Samsung, for the manufacture of 3nm chips, making a new front in the semiconductor sector.
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