Samsung to invest more than $1 billion in its Austin, Texas chip production facilities

Samsung to invest more than $1 billion in its Austin, Texas chip production facilities
Earlier today, Samsung Electronics announced that it will invest more than $1 billion by the end of next year to increase application processor production in its facilities in Austin, Texas.

Samsung says that it plans to use this investment to boost production output from the existing facilities in the city. Since opening shop in Austin back in 1996, Samsung invested more than $15 billion in the Austin, Texas site, which is the largest international investment in the history of the state. Samsung made no provisions regarding the output increase that it expects to obtain through this investment.

Although $1 billion is a hefty amount for any company, it represents just a fraction of Samsung's total investments for 2016. The tech giant recently announced that it expects its conglomerate's capital expenditure to set a new record this year, $24 billion. About half of that amount go to the semiconductor business.

Samsung is the world's second-largest chipmaker and the largest manufacturer of memory chips. The chipmaking business is currently manufacturing in-house Samsung chips, as well as SoCs designed by Qualcomm and Nvidia. Samsung has also manufactured chips for its largest rival in the smartphone market, Apple. The company recently also recently became the first chipmaker to manufacture chips using the 10nm process.

source: Reuters

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10 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"Samsung has also manufactured chips for its largest rival in the smartphone market, Apple" not for now....

3. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Tell me ibend you genius, why can't Samsung engineer their own chips to rival the power of what Apple accomplishes with the A10? I'll await your answer.

5. iushnt

Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It's the same reason why Apple isn't making their chip fabs to rival Samsung.

6. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Wow, really? Tell me android guru, exactly where Apples semiconductor fabs are located?

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Tell us, why Apple can't make chips withpitbusing ARM reference designs? If they were so good? Funny how both Samsung and Apple are ARM licensees. So what point you making? None as per usual. Samsung designs their chips to be efficient. Which is why both the S and Note even with 1440p displays have better battery life and features. Because the features don't tax the CPU and GPU. Oh and since Android apps and iOS apps are the same for the most part, what benefit does a faster chip offer? Nothong. You worried about an app opening a blink of an eye faster. If I was your parent, if take you to a train station and abandon you on the tracks.

10. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Wow another expert, TechieXP1969 comes on the scene! Since you're the expert, tell me what should Apple do differently on the FinFet process? Should Apple request that TSMC use a phase shift photo mask to shoot the wafer? Or should Apple stay away from photolithography and go with a dry process ion beam mask? Come on Techie, please teach me more!

9. Macready

Posts: 1813; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

In many respects, the 6 months older 8890 Samsung design is faster.https://4.img-dpreview.com/files/p/E~forums/58587472/2caefcb3eb344af394d66a5af3d06b77 And to put things in perspective, those large A10 CPU cores are about 6 times larger in size than a single Exynos (Big) core, the 4 combined larger than the 8 Exynos. Explained by the fact that the A10 has a lot more transistors and a lower power density. No magic there.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well it did say "has". That would be past tense. Right?

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Has**

4. Alex11092

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 25, 2015

And D. Trump will try to send them back home, not caring about the jobs it has/will create.

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