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Samsung's most advanced factory is up and running

Samsung's new VI line in South Korea. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung's new VI line in South Korea. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung's newest production line is unique among the OEM's fabricators in that it is dedicated to the extreme UV lithography (EUV) process. This means that it is capable of making chipsets of the up-to-date 7-nanometer (nm) variety - and beyond. The company has announced that it is now open for mass-production.

Samsung has announced that its newest form of semiconductor fabrication is now at the mass-production stage. This facility, known as the V1 production line, is located in Hwaseong, South Korea. It was designed so that this OEM could continue to be self-sufficient in the area of chipset manufacturing.

To that end, V1 focuses on the EUV method of semiconductor production. It is used to make the 7nm SoCs that comprise many state-of-the-art and flagship CPUs at present. Furthermore, Samsung has also stated that its latest line should support the next-gen processes that result in the 6-, 5- or even 3nm chips of the future.

Therefore, its owner may be assured of the supply of Exynos 990 chipsets for its current flagship phones, not to mention its rumored successor, the 1000. To this end, Samsung aims to increase its level of investment in the V1 line to a total of US$6 billion by the end of 2020.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-02-21 (Update: 2020-02-21)