Samsung Electronics to Invest KRW 300 Trillion forSystem Semiconductors

As Samsung Electronics secured production bases in Giheung, Hwaseong and Pyeongtaek, as well as Yongin, it developed a ‘semiconductor triangular mega cluster.’
Samsung Electronics has recently decided to invest a total of KRW 300 trillion to build this ‘high-tech semiconductor cluster’ in the semiconductor national industrial complex created by the Korean government in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do.
The basic plan for the Yongin Semiconductor Cluster is to build five semiconductor manufacturing plants over the next 20 years and to attract 150 domestic and foreign excellent companies engaged in materials, parts, equipment, and semiconductor fabless.
Samsung Electronics’ KRW 300 trillion investment is estimated to have a direct and indirect production inducement effect of KRW 700 trillion, and an employment
inducement effect for up to 1.6 million people.

When the Yongin Semiconductor Cluster is created, the world’s largest semiconductor cluster will be completed by linking existing semiconductor production complexes such as Giheung, Hwaseong, Pyeongtaek, and Icheon with Pangyo, Seongnam, where nearby companies engaged in manufacturing of materials, parts, equipment and semiconductor fabless gather.

A spokesperson for the business community pointed out, “The super-gap in the memory semiconductor
sector led by Samsung Electronics is expected to widen and competitiveness in the foundry market will also
The formation of the Yongin National Industrial Complex as a system semiconductor cluster is
interpreted as meaning that Samsung Electronics’ production strategy has reached an epoch-making
turning point.
Samsung Electronics is pushing ahead with the ‘shell first’ strategy despite the slowdown in the
semiconductor market. This is a method of constructing a ‘clean room,’ which is an essential clean space when building a semiconductor production base, first and then proceeding with facility investment. The advantage is that flexible resource allocation is possible because the use is determined by predicting the market conditions at the time of final completion, rather than building a factory by pre-determining memory or foundry.
According to Samsung C&T’s recent business report, the construction progress of Samsung Electronics’
Taylor 1 plant in Texas, USA was 43.8% as of the end of last year; and the clean room construction progress of Pyeongtaek 4 plant was 21.3%. The Pyeongtaek 4 plant is expected to be completed in October next year.
If the Yongin cluster, known as ‘the system semiconductor mecca,’ is constructed as planned, the
triangular mega cluster in southern Gyeonggi will be completed. In particular, the fact that Samsung
Electronics recently announced that it would build the Yongin cluster centered on system semiconductors is interpreted as meaning that it will enter the competition in the foundry market in earnest. Samsung Electronics

has thus widened the super-gap in the memory semiconductor field and prepared a foothold to
pursue the leading TSMC in the foundry field.

Currently, among global foundry companies, only Samsung Electronics and TSMC are capable
of mass- producing foundry processes below 5 nm. In June of
last year, Samsung Electronics began mass-production of the 3nm process that applied the
structure of GAA, a next-generation transistor, for the first time in the
Unlike TSMC, which decided to apply GAA technology from the 2nm process, Samsung
Electronics is being recognized for closing the gap in the
technology race by starting mass-production from 3nm. However, it is unable to close the wide
market share gap with TSMC due to ‘physical limitations’ owing to
lack of production facilities. According to the Taiwanese market research firm Trend Force,
as of the fourth quarter of last year, TSMC had a market share of 58.5%,
ahead of Samsung Electronics (15.8%).
The Yongin cluster also means that the Korean government, which is trying to maintain its
position as the ‘strongest country in semiconductors’, and Samsung
Electronics, ‘the world’s No. 1 in memory

semiconductors’, initiated a joint private-public operation, targeting the global system
semiconductor market where TSMC has the greatest market share.
Just as TSMC has been growing rapidly based on the Taiwanese government’s full support,
it is interpreted that the Korean government started its full support for
the semiconductor industry.
The semiconductor industry is a pillar of the Korean economy and a key security asset,
accounting for 5.6% of gross domestic product (GDP), 24.2% of total facility
investment, and 19.4% of exports as of 2020. Major countries such as the United States,
China, Japan, and Taiwan are strengthening their semiconductor clusters
with full government support, while making all-out efforts to attract semiconductor
production facilities to their countries.

The Semiconductor Association’s spokesperson explained, “The customized support
strategy for system semiconductors, such as establishing a semiconductor
mega cluster, upgrading the value chain ecosystem, securing next-generation
semiconductor core technology and expanding manpower, will be of great
help in creating a strong ecosystem for the domestic semiconductor industry.” | Blog Magazine of korean electronics, brands and Goods

Samsung leading in the U.S. premium super-large TV market, with 57% of market share for 75-inch or larger Electronics established its ‘sole leading position’ in the U.S. TV market. In the super-large premium TV market, especially, the company extended its lead ahead of 2nd and 3rd runners. The company aims to strengthen its lead by launching QLED 8K TV in the U.S. market in this month.
According to the U.S. market investigation agency’s recent report, Samsung Electronics recorded a 34% share in the U.S. TV market by this August. This figure is more than twice of runners-up LG Electronics (15%), Visio, and Sony (11% for each).
Samsung Electronics widened the gap more, taking almost half of market share in US$2,500 or higher premium TVs.
Samsung Electronics recorded 44% from January to August in this year for 75-inch or larger TV market, which is way above Sony who recorded 33% and LG Electronics who recorded 23%.
Compared to the market share of the same period last year of 27%, the figure was increased by 17% within just a year. More recently, this upward trend of market share has grown higher.
The US$2,500 or higher TV market share was 56%, more than half, in the 3rd week (16~22) of September. The company recorded 57% market share from January to August in this year for the 75-inch or larger TV market. This leads runner-up Sony (25%) by more than double. Compared to the market share of the same period last year of 43%, the figure was increased by 14%. The share for the 3rd week of September this year was 69%, which showed a bigger gap with Sony who took 17%. The company’s market share is upwardly trending in the North American super-large TV market.
Samsung Electronics pointed out that dramatically improving the awareness of QLED TV through various online and offline marketing activities with distribution channels contributed to its market share expansion in the U.S. TV market. It is considered that strategic expansion of its super-large highdefinition lineup had a noticeable effect.
Samsung Electronics expects to compete strongly in the U.S. market for the 4th quarter of this year as well, focusing on premium super larger TV. From October, the company will also launch QLED 8K TV in the USA. Samsung Electronics’ QLED 8K TV features converting even low resolution contents to 8K level high-definition by adopting artificial intelligence (AI) upscaling technology. Because the product lineup is composed of 65-inch up to 85-inch, it is expected that targeting the super-large TV market would be expanded.
A spokesperson for Samsung Electronics declared that “Due to the good publicity in the premium super-large TV market, market share is expanding in the U.S. market.” He added, “We may also expand into the 8K market early while launching QLED 8K TV in the USA.” | Blog Magazine of korean electronics, brands and Goods

Samsung Elec Pledges $116bn CAPEX in Korea over the Next Three Years Group’s flagship Samsung Electronics on Wednesday pledged 180 trillion won ($160.7 billion) in capital expenditure – including 130 trillion won in Korea – in its mainstay semiconductor operation as well as new growths of artificial intelligence, automated and connected technologies, and bioengineering over the next three years to help create 700,000 jobs.
The ambitious plan including direct hiring of 40,000 comes as facility investment this year has been in the longest slump in 18 years while job additions are at their worst in a decade to prompt the liberal government known to be hostile toward chaebols to ask for more hiring and investment from the country’s richest and one of the world’s biggest technology companies.
“We have decided to boost new investment and hiring to help revitalize the economy and promote new industries,” the company said in a statement.
Of the total investment, 72 percent or 130 trillion won will be spent in the country, which will have the effect of creating up to 700,000 new jobs.
The spending would amount to 43 trillion won annually, about the same level of Samsung Electronics’ record 43.4 trillion won spending last year – which was the largest-ever annual spending for any publicly trading company in 2017 – after finishing its best-ever year due to the memory chip boom.

The bulk will go to uphold its competitive edge in chips and displays. About 25 trillion won will be spent on new growth areas of artificial intelligence, 5G connection, biopharmaceutical, and automotive electronics.
It will increase payroll by 40,000 over the next three years, nearly doubling from the original plan of 20,000 to 25,000.
The company also pledged to help create a socalled innovative ecosystem by sharing innovative capacity through training opportunities to 10,000 young job seekers over the next five years. It will sponsor 500 venture projects.
Samsung also plans to create a 110 billion won fund with the Ministry of SMEs and Startups over the next five years to help transform manufacturing facilities of 2,500 small and mid-size companies into smart ones and help them advance into other markets at home and abroad. This plan will help create about 15,000 new jobs. | Blog Magazine of korean electronics, brands and Goods

Samsung Elec Unveils World’s LargestCapacity V-NAND Chip and New SSD world’s largest memory chip maker Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled its new Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory with the world’s biggest storage capacity of 1-Terabit (Tb) along with next-generation solid state drive (SSD) solutions.

At the Flash Memory Summit 2017 recently held at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center, Samsung Electronics presented its new 1-Tb V-NAND chip.

V-NAND is the flash memory technology used in data storage devices including mobile phones and digital cameras. The V-NAND in a stacked structure can provide higher single-die density than those with 2-dimensional (2D) cellarrays, and demand for it is growing rapidly along with rising applications of artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT).

The company said in a statement that with the new 1-Tb V-NAND chip that boasts twice larger storage capacity than the existing 512-Gigabit (Gb) chip, it is possible to construct2-Terabyte (TB) memory in a single V-NAND package by stacking 16 1Tb dies.

Considering that 1 Tb is equal to 128 GB, and a typical two-hour-long HD movie takes up 1.5 to 2 GB of memory capacity, about 60 to 70 movies can be stored in a single V-NAND chip.



Samsung aims to introduce the world’s largest-capacity SSD applying 1-Tb V-NAND memory technology next year. At the summit, Samsung Electronics also presented its new SSD technology, dubbed Next Generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF) SSD, which is expected to dramatically improve the memory storage capacity. With the new NGSFF SSD, four times larger memory storage capacity can be secured in the same server, so data centers and customers using the server can build more efficient system, according to Samsung, said Samsung. The company plans to begin mass producing it in the fourth quarter of this year.

An SSD is a storage device that can replace a hard disk drive (HDD). It uses high-speed memory semiconductors such as NAND flash memory or dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips for storage that ensure high processing speed, low heating and little noise.

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Samsung Display Unveils 65-inch, Next-Generation Curved Display LCD Korea’s Samsung Display Co. recently unveiled nextgeneration curved panels in liquid crystal display (LCD), pushing the rigid display technology to a new level as it has been quickly losing appeal against flexible OLED.

The company presented its 65-inch S-Curved LCD and 65-inch Curved Glass Light Guide Plate (LGP) at the 2nd Curved Forum held at the Yanqi Lake International Convention Center in Beijing, China.

The 65-inch S-Curved LCD is a next-generation display that bends all four sides including above and below. The center of the screen looks as if it is slightly dented, which the company says provides a more vivid viewing experience. The 65-inch curved glass LGP has also applied next-generation technology as it has an edge thickness of only 4.9 millimeters.

A spokesperson for Samsung Display said that a display product that is curved on both sides has already been commercialized in the market but it is the first type in LCD.



The 65-inch curved glass LGP with an edge thickness of 4.9 millimeters also provides improved light transmittance and thinner display as it replaces plastic light guide panel component that evenly disperses light within LCD with glass.

The spokesperson said that applying glass LGP to televisions provides improved image quality and also more flexible design for living space interior. Samsung Display, meanwhile, plans to enhance its partnership with major TV manufacturers including TCL Corporation and Hisense Co. in China, the world’s largest premium TV market, to boost the overall curved display market. The company is betting on curved products as core technology that will lead to new solutions in the LCD market that has shown sluggish growth recently.

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Samsung to unveil super-slim smartphone ‘Galaxy Alpha’

Samsung Electronics is scheduled to release a new slimmer smartphone featuring a metal case for the first time in the world. The global tech giant recently said it will unveil the “Galaxy Alpha” smartphone sequentially in about 150 countries from this month.

Galaxy-Alpha The smartphone features a whole array of the Galaxy series’ latest functions such as 4.7-inch HD Super-AMOLED display, finger print recognition, S Health and Ultra Power-Saving Mode.

The new smartphone’s boasts reduced thickness to 6.7 millimeters (mm) by covering the device with a metal case. This is far slimmer than the 8.1 mm-thick “Galaxy S5’’ and the rival company’s 7.6 mm-thick “iPhone 5S.” An official at the Samsung Electronics recently said, “We focused on maximizing the in-hand grip.” The industry believes the tech behemoth has entered the race of the thickness of smartphones, a global trend, with the Galaxy Alpha. | Blog Magazine of korean electronics, brands and Goods

Samsung Mass-Produces DDR4 Modules


Samsung Electronics will open a new era for DRAM memory for PCs and enterprise server systems in the second half of this year. The next generation of DRAM memory has begun as South Korea-based electronics giant initiated the world’s first mass-production of ultra-thin mobile memory chips based on 20-nanometer-level technology.

Samsung Electronics recently announced that it will be mass-producing 20 nano-level 16 GB (Gigabyte) and 32GB DDR4 RAM modules for enterprise servers in next-generation data centers. The new DDR4 memory is highlighted by a 1.25-fold increase in data transmission rate and 30 percent cut in power consumption compared to the existing 20nm-class DDR3. This means the new memory will speed up a computer’s boot time. Samsung is confident that its modules support up to 2,667Mbps transfer speeds. The process of replacing DDR3 into DDR4 will begin in the second half of this year, enhancing performance and lowering power consumption.


By Kim Min-su : Here