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Samsung eyes new manufacturing “initiative?

Posted: 21 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Samsung’s new manufacturing initiative? S1 Line?

South Korea�s Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has hinted at the possibility of building a new fab in a bid to expand its role in the foundry industry.

Speaking at the Common Platform technology event in Santa Clara, California, N.S. (Stephen) Woo, president of Samsung�s LSI Division, revealed that Samsung would soon announce a new manufacturing �initiative?.

Woo did not elaborate. Analysts believe that Samsung plans to announce a fab or will upgrade an existing plant.

At present, Samsung has two logic plants, including the S1 Line in Korea. Analysts said the S1 Line is capable of making 50,000 wafers a month. Of those, 15,000 wafers are geared for foundry customers, according to analysts.

The South Korean company recently announced a $3.5 billion fab expansion plan in Austin, Texas. Most of the spending will be funneled into Samsung�s logic business, and much of that will go toward serving Apple requirements, sources said.

Separately, Samsung has increased the stakes in the leading-edge semiconductor business by rolling out a 20nm process. Amid a slowdown in DRAM, Samsung is reducing its capital spending by 14 percent for 2011. Samsung tipped its capital spending plans. As reported, Samsung provided its capex forecasts for 2011, including 10.3 trillion won ($9.2 billion) for the semiconductors, 5.4 trillion won ($4.8 billion) for LCDs, and 5.4 trillion won for OLEDs.

Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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