Samsung Forges New Business Explicitly for Contract Chips
Samsung has split its processor manufacturing business into two units so the company can better handle outside clients. Samsung makes a lot of silicon and much of it, such as the Exynos processor line, ends up in Samsung smartphones, tablets, and other products. The company also manufactures components for outside clients, including Qualcomm and Nvidia. The move effectively divides Samsung's foundry and system chip operations. The change will help Samsung manage its manufacturing processes more efficiently while also giving outside clients some peace of mind with respect to the safety and security of their designs. Samsung executive Kim Ki-nam will oversee both businesses.
Samsung Forges Bio-Processor for Wearables
Samsung is taking direct aim at the wearable market with a new processor custom-designed to monitor health and fitness data. The Bio-Processor combines Analog Front Ends (AFEs), a micro controller, a power management integrated circuit, a digital signal processor, and an eFlash memory chip into a single module.
Samsung Commits Another $18 Billion to Chip Production
Samsung's new semiconductor fabrication line in Pyeongtaek, Korea has kicked off production of memory products and is shipping its first batch of modules to customers. Samsung broke ground on the plant two years ago to help expand its production capabilities of V-NAND chips.
Qualcomm Weighing Samsung's Fab for Snapdragon 820
Qualcomm might turn to competitor Samsung to make its next top-of-the-line mobile processor, reports Re/Code. Qualcomm has historically used Taiwan Semiconductor to fabricate its processors, but Samsung's capabilities are more advanced.
Samsung Exynos 8 Processor Includes LTE Modem
Samsung today introduced the Exynos 8 Octa processor, a system-on-a-chip that is the first from Samsung to also feature a Category 12/13 LTE modem. The chip is made with Samsung's 14nm process.
Samsung Blames Note7 Recall On 2 Battery Problems
Samsung today said problems created during the manufacture of the Galaxy Note7's battery caused the phone to sometimes overheat and burst into flame. The company says two separate battery defects are at fault, but maintains nothing was wrong with the phone itself.