Work on Samsung Electronics’ second U.S. foundry in Taylor, Texas, is on track and will be completed this year, Kyung Kye-hyun, head of the company’s Device Solution (DS) Division, said recently, adding that the plant will start rolling out best-in-class advanced products in the United States next year.
Kyung made the comments in his personal SNS account, together with a picture of the foundry plant construction site, which he visited during his trip to the U.S.
Samsung Electronics is preparing to build full-fledged clean rooms in the Taylor plant before introducing semiconductor manufacturing facilities. A clean room refers to a space in which dust generation or inflow is minimized to lower semiconductor defect rates.
As Samsung Electronics’ top official said that the new plant will be completed within 2023, the company is expected to smoothly proceed with its plan to produce state-of-the-art system semiconductors in the United States.
Samsung will produce high-tech products of less than 5 nanometers at the Taylor foundry. It plans to produce state-of-the-art system semiconductors for 5G, high performance computing (HPC), and AI on this new line. The Taylor plant will become the first overseas foundry to use the company’s ultra-micro fabrication process.
When Taylor Foundry Line 1 is completed this year, Samsung Electronics will start the construction of a second line soon. In building the second line, it will follow the “Shell First” strategy. Shell First means constructing clean rooms in advance and proceeding with facility investment flexibly in connection with future market demand.