Saturday, December 29, 2018

Digitimes on Samsung Plans

Digitimes overviews 2018 Far East semiconductor industry and emphasize Samsung impact on CIS market:

"With use of CMOS image sensors (CIS) extending from smartphone cameras to automotive cameras, Samsung has planned to expand its CIS production capacity to surpass Sony to become the globally largest supplier. Samsung began to modify Line 11 DRAM factory in its Hwaseong production base for production of CIS at the end of 2017, with the modification to be completed by the end of 2018.

Samsung also will modify Line 13 DRAM factory in the same production base for CIS production. Samsung had monthly production capacity of 45,000 12-inch wafers for making CIS at the end of 2017, and the capacity will increase to nearly 120,000 12-inch wafers when the two additional factories begin production.

Samsung's moves are in line with the optimism of carmakers and other semiconductor vendors about the future of autonmous driving.

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