Authored by bharthi amlani
These days, Samsung seems busy in sorting out the mess connected to the recalled Galaxy Note 7, but here comes an interesting news. The company is ramping up mobile chip manufacturing and investing a huge amount of $1 billion in its factory in Austin, Texas. The application of the investment and its functional implementation will start early next year. The company is planning to expand the manufacturing of semiconductors for electronics.
The leading mobile and electronic manufacturing company is already engaged in making the Exynos chips (that are being used in its smartphones) and the semiconductors for, batteries, memory and storage. You should know that most of the components of Galaxy S7 smartphone are made by Samsung’s own manufacturing units. Though, the company had to discontinue the Note 7 after battery-cell problem led to overheating and fires in some of the phones, still this accidental situation is not halting company plans to expand its mobile chip production.
Samsung is not the single or the first one that is going in this direction, some other industry giants like Intel and Global Foundries already have their manufacturing facilities in the U.S. Let us remind that Intel has signed and agreement to make ARM based mobile chips. It is also going to make smartphone chips for LG handset in its U.S. manufacturing facilities.
Chip manufacturers are also dedicating more resources to making chips for IoT devices, which will ship in the billions by 2020. Samsung offers Artik IoT boards, which have processors, memory and wireless components made by the company.
Most of Samsung’s manufacturing takes place in South Korea. The company opened its Austin manufacturing plant in 2007, and it was initially used to make NAND flash chips. Samsung invested $3.5 billion at the time to get the plant started. The Austin plant has 2.3 million square feet of space and employs 3,000 people, according to Samsung.