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Samsung to rank 4th in chip fabrication capacity for matured nodes in 2021: Report

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While Samsung is the world’s largest memory chip maker and second largest semiconductor based firm in terms of revenue, it is expected to only rank fourth in terms of chip fabrication capacity for matured nodes in 2021.

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According to a Counterpoint Research report (Via SamMobile), the South Korean tech giant will rank fourth for chip fabrication capacity for matured nodes this year. For those unaware, the matured or legacy nodes are the 40nm or older chip fabrication technologies. This would have the company rank behind the world’s largest contract chip maker, TSMC, which is projected to have a 28 percent share of the global chip fabrication capacity this year.

Similarly, UMC is also predicted to achieve a market share of 13 percent followed by China’s SMIC that is expected to register an 11 percent share in the matured node production capacity. Samsung will rank fourth in this regard, due to its shifting focus towards more advanced nodes like the 10nm, 7nm, and 5nm processes. At the moment, Samsung Foundry is manufacturing 5nm chips for Qualcomm

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and System LSI. Furthermore, both Samsung and TSMC are the only two manufacturers that have successfully mass produced the 7nm or newer processes.

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This has led to both brands seeing large orders from other chip making giants that outsource production, including the likes of AMD, NVIDIA, Huawei, Intel, and even Apple

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. Although, the applications of the more advanced nodes aren’t universal as the needs of different industries vary. Thus, there was an imbalance between supply and demand for the legacy nodes, which has affected industries like automobiles, smartphones, computers, gaming consoles, and servers.

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