Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Samsung to Manufacture Image Sensors at UMC

TheElec: Samsung has recently signed a contract for UMC to manufacture Samsung’s image sensors in Taiwan, according Taiwan Economic Daily.

As a part of the deal, Samsung is selling about 400 units of fab equipment to UMC to be installed at USMC's P6 fab at Nanke and used in the sensor manufacturing. UMC expects to produce 27,000 28nm wafers per month at the fab starting sometime in 2023.

The Taiwan Economic Daily says the  P6 fab will mostly manufacture chips for Samsung.

Samsung sees high demand for its image sensors, but it has suffering from a shortage in production capacity. The new Samsung-UMC deal somewhat mirrors Sony-TSMC one, although Sony probably had different reasons for going to TSMC for advanced processes.

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