Two years and two months have passed since Samsung Electronics announced its vision to rank first in system semiconductors by 2030. But critics say the Korean chipmaker will hardly clear the hurdle of TSMC, the No. 1 foundry company. While TSMC has increased its market share from 40 percent to 50 pe
1. TSMC’ annual investment is about triple that of Samsung’s in the foundry sector. Samsung’s investment in the semiconductor sector as a whole is larger than that of TSMC, but Samsung allocates a small part of its investment to the foundry sector.
2. Samsung Electronics also announced its success in mass-producing 5-nm products in 2021, industry analysts say that Samsung’s yield is too low to be seen as a success in volume production. In the foundry market, it is extremely important to supply products to customers such as Apple and Qualcomm on time. No companies are placing orders for 5-nm products with Samsung, as its mass-production capabilities have not been fully verified yet.
3. Samsung Foundry also has a more fundamental weakness in terms of earning trust with corporate customers. That is to say, Samsung has the System LSI Business Department in charge of designing and selling application processors (APs) for smartphones. It is natural for customers who have to hand over their semiconductor designs to foundry companies to prefer TSMC to Samsung Electronics. This is because TSMC engages in the foundry business only, so corporate customers do not need to worry about information leaks.
IMO, trust is the biggest issue for Samsung. Can Intel IDM 2.0 earn its customers trust?
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