Samsung Electronics, today announced that it broke ground on a new EUV (extreme ultraviolet) line in Hwaseong, Korea, aiming to maintain its leadership in state-of-the-art semiconductor technology.
With this new EUV line, the world’s second largest semiconductor supplier will be able to strengthen its leadership in single nanometer process technology by responding to market demand from various applications, including mobile, server, network, and HPC (high performance computing), for which high performance and power efficiency are critical.
The new facility is expected to be completed within the second half of 2019 and start production ramp-up in 2020. The initial investment in the new EUV line is projected to reach USD 6 billion by 2020 and additional investment will be determined depending on market circumstances.
“Hwaseong will become the center of the company’s semiconductor cluster ...,” said Kinam Kim, President & CEO of Device Solutions at Samsung. “The line will play a pivotal role as Samsung seeks to maintain a competitive edge as an industry leader in the coming age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
Samsung has decided to utilise cutting-edge EUV technology starting with its 7-nanometer LPP (Low Power Plus) process. This new line will be set up with EUV lithography equipment to overcome nano-level technology limitations, the South Korean giant said in a press release.
The company has continued to invest in EUV R&D to support its global customers for developing next-generation chips based on this leading-edge technology.