Samsung invests $11 billion in ASML EUV machines

Deepak Gupta July 4, 2022
Updated 2022/07/04 at 3:35 PM

In the world of technology, nothing is guaranteed. In other words, what is right today may not be right tomorrow. And it seems that this is what we are seeing, namely in the electronic chips sector.

If, on the one hand, TSMC is still the leading manufacturer in this segment, on the other hand, the giant Samsung has shown some very interesting assets. And according to the latest information, the South Korean company has now invested 11 billion dollars in EUV machines from the Dutch ASML.

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The technology industry has three manufacturers that stand out, the Taiwanese leader TSMC, the North American Intel and the South Korean Samsung. But the latter has made some moves that put it in a good position. Firstly, after having promised, the South Korean giant officially announced the start of production of its 3 nm chips, thus gaining ground to TSMC, whose production should only start in the second quarter of 2022. But the news is not stay here.

Samsung invests 11 billion dollars in ASML machines

The most recent news indicate that Samsung has reached an agreement with ASML, where it will invest 11 billion dollars in EUV lithographic machines (Extreme Ultra Violet) which are only produced by the Dutch company.

On the other hand, ASML can only produce 50 EUV machines this year, with a lead time of 6 months to a year. Thus, Samsung will only be able to buy some of them and industry sources advance that the South Korean has already secured at least 18 of these ASML equipment by this year 2022.

ASML EUV Machine

According to the details, Samsung also intends to get an innovative and advanced US machine High NA already next year. We remind you that rival TSMC intends to have this same tool in 2024 and Intel has already installed the first US machine in its factory in Ireland.

But despite the efforts, the South Korean is still far behind the competition. According to the data, TSMC leads the global chip manufacture with a share of 53.5%, while Samsung has only 16.3%, at least for now.

And although the most powerful brands still bet on TSMC for the manufacture of their components, with these advances from Samsung it is possible that, in a few years, the scenario may be different.

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