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.
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 QualcommSystem 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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