Although there is a chip-making unit directly under the group, Samsung's network equipment department still looks to external competitors to order chip production.
Samsung's network infrastructure has started to produce a series of 5G mmWave RF chips, which will be used in 5G broadcast stations, a new industry source said today. However, the surprise is that they did not choose the chip-casting unit in the group itself, but instead went to TSMC – Samsung Foundry's "longtime rival". An observer commented that this is understandable, because TSMC's level is still superior to Samsung Foundry.
Samsung relied on its rival to produce 5G chips, bypassing the chip-casting unit in the group itself
As the world's largest chipmaker, TSMC has the experience of dominating Samsung Foundry in this area, especially when it comes to specialized chips. Are known, "manufacturing 5G RF chips 28nm process is extremely difficult, requires a lot of experience". The Taiwanese company received orders from April, production began at 28nm RF chips. The product will be released from next month, and it is expected that the next generation will also be produced on TSMC's 16nm line.
These RF chips are installed in broadcast base stations and smartphones. The type for base station is smaller, more complex and harder to produce. The network infrastructure unit of Samsung is expected, Huawei's "fall" because US embargo will pave the way for them to expand. Samsung has not had a lot of voice in this market for a long time, before the 5G wave and the opportunity of its "rivals", Samsung will definitely not ignore the precious opportunity to rise.