According to semiconductor industry sources on October 30, Samsung Electronics’ memory business department from the Device Solutions (DS) division plans to develop the next-generation 15 and 16-nanometer (nm) DRAM, which is known as “1y product,” with haste and mass produce it in the second half of next year.
In addition, the company aims to make 18-nm DRAM chips account for 30 to 40 percent in the overall DRAM production by the second half of next year by continuously ramping up its current18-nm DRAM production. An official from the semiconductor industry said, “On current plans, Samsung Electronics will see its 10nm-class DRAM make up nearly a half of the total DRAM production.
The company’s DRAM process is fining faster than as planned before. Chung Eun-seung, executive vice president of Samsung’s DS division, hinted in early last year that the company would mass produce 10-nm class chip technology by 2020. With the current pace, however, the company can make such an achievement by early 2019. Samsung Electronics has already started the mass production of 18-nm DRAM chips early this year and is preparing for the production of 15-nm and 16-nm DRAM in the second half of the next year.
With the most advanced process fining technology, Samsung Electronics is holding the unchallenged position the global DRAM market. According to the data from market researcher IHS, Samsung Electronics has a 46.6 percent share in the DRAM market in the second quarter this year. Its competitors, such as SK Hynix and Micron, are still selling 20nm-class DRAM chips as their main products, and they are planning to produce 18-nm DRAM after the second quarter next year. Semiconductor market watchers say that Samsung Electronics and other firms have a technological gap of a year to a year and a half.