The South Korean government and Samsung Electronics have reportedly entered into a collaboration for the development of an extended semiconductor material testing facility. The centerpiece of the facility is a towering white machine delivered by Samsung Electronics at a fraction of its market price.
The project is intended at motivating local suppliers for making and testing sophisticated chipmaking materials such as photoresist. The testing facility has reportedly come up in the event of South Korea pushing for self-sufficiency following Japan’s imposition of export curbs on high-tech chip materials.
According to Lee Jo-won, the President of National Nanofab Center, 5 large chip-making players comprising Samsung would previously offer the best components at the cheapest price irrespective of the material deployed from home to the testing facility. He has further stated that in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic and Japan’s curbs on exports, the company has begun to foster local providers and develop a system where these components can be efficaciously supplied without disruptions.
While Samsung has taken a decision for investment in firms that require cooperation for the development of next-generation chip technologies, the company has lately made an overall investment amounting to around $113 billion won in two local makers of testing equipment and chip components, comprising YIK Corp and S&S Tech Corp.
The electronics major seems to be securing multiple options so that it does not depend much on any one source, cite officials. South Korea, on the other hand, has been pushing for the diversification of supply sources of 100 items that it still chiefly acquires from Japan and has pledged that it would invest a sum of 5 trillion won by 2022 to that end.
However, Seoul has a long way to go for this achievement, state sources, adding that the requirement for self-reliance in chip technology has set off to be more critical amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the escalating U.S.-China tensions that threaten the advancement of supply chain shifts.