Samsung Predicted To Do Well In Semiconductor
Samsung has established itself in these few years to be one of the leading manufacturers of semiconductors. After all they are one of the major players in the processors industry, they are one of the largest suppliers of microchips in the mobile industry supplying to the likes of Apple. They are also one of the only manufacturers to be able to function the 14nm FinFET production process which is currently the most advanced production process in the semiconducting business, even Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) is still on 20nm moving to 16nm process. The only other firm that is able to use the 14nm process is Global Foundries.
On the other note Apple, Qualcomm and NVidia are three companies that designs their own chips. However they do not necessarily produce the chips themselves, they mostly outsource their production to the likes of Samsung, TSMC and Global Foundry. The main focus nowadays when designing a processing is energy efficiency and therefore manufacturing processes. This also means that they will need to downsize their processors to fit their target energy consumption, or rather energy saved. The smaller the process here, the less energy will be consumed by the processor and therefore more energy conserved. This is where the 14nm process facility comes in.
Being one of the only few manufacturers in the industry of semiconductor manufacturing Samsung already has an edge compared to other competitors. Furthermore being one of the manufacturers that actually has some of the biggest production facility helps Samsung become a viable choice for chip designers like Apple and Qualcomm to actually support their production demand. This is however not just a speculation, it seems that Apple, Qualcomm and NVidia not only has expressed interest but also have been in talks with Samsung for a possibility of a collaboration to produce microchips for them. If the deal goes through and all is true, we do expect Samsung to be posting big numbers from their semiconductor division by this year.