Samsung Electronics Company, the world’s largest memory chipmaker, on Thursday said its new semiconductor fabrication line in South Korea using extreme ultraviolet (EUV), lithography technology has begun mass production.
The South Korean tech giant said the EUV-equipped facility, named V1, in Hwaseong, South of Seoul, could produce chips using a process node of 7 nanometers (nm), and that its first products would be delivered to customers soon.
However, Samsung broke ground for the facility in Feb. 2018, and began to test wafer production in the second quarter of 2019.
Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman, Lee Jae-yong, said in 2019, the company began its vision of becoming the world’s No. 1 system chipmaker.
“We need to continue our efforts to make these chips represent our dream of contributing to human society,” Jae-yong said.
In 2019, Samsung promised that it would invest 133 trillion won (or US$111 billion) by 2030 to expand its non-memory and foundry businesses.
According to Samsung, the V1 line is currently producing mobile chips with 7 and 6-nm process technology.
The facility will adopt finer circuitry up to a 3-nm process node in the future.
Samsung said the cumulative investment in the V1 line will reach $6 billion by the end of 2020.
“The adoption of EUV lithography technology has become increasingly important, as it enables scaling down of complex patterns on wafers and provides an optimal choice for next-generation applications such as 5G, AI and automotive.
“Together with the S3 line, the V1 line is expected to play a pivotal role in responding to fast-growing global market demand for single-digit node foundry technologies,” Samsung said.
Samsung now has a total of six foundry production lines in South Korea and the U.S.