South Korea’s president has described the global semiconductor industry as “a field where all-out national warfare is underway” as he announced a $19 billion to diversify the nation’s silicon sector.

  • @callmepk
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    2924 days ago

    More competition is always a good thing

    Btw I love The Register’s title; they are usually so fun

    • @[email protected]
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      323 days ago

      Idk, S. Korea’s chaebols actively reduce competition. So be careful who you want to provide that competition…

  • @cm0002
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    Good news, the processor industry really needs more competition

  • @[email protected]
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    But beyond Samsung’s modest Exynos SoC operation (which can’t even satisfy demand for its own Galaxy smartphones), South Korea is not home to a notable manufacturer of high-value processors.

    So i guess Samsung will get the lion-share of those $19B to expand?

    • @Num10ck
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      The world’s top two memory chip producers are South Korea’s two largest conglomerates (chaebol), Samsung Electronics and the less well-known SK Hynix. Together, they account for some 70% of the market in Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) and 50% in flash memory (NAND).

        • @Num10ck
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          i was responding to you asking if Samsung would get the lions share, it’s safe to assume yes.

    • bean
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      Samsung used to be amazing. After seeing how they are operating the last 5 years or so, I do not trust them at all. They screwed people on the SSD issues and didn’t properly address it after repeatedly questioned over it. That was last February (2023) and wasn’t the first time they had looked into this issue. You generally don’t go from zero to questioning reliability overnight.

      Now most recently, today in fact, it seems that Samsung hasn’t changed at all and they just don’t fucking care anymore. They literally just ignored a company they had plans with and ghosted them. iFixit Doubts Samsung’s Commitment to Accessible Repairs, Ends Partnership.

  • AutoTL;DRB
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    224 days ago

    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    In remarks presented on Thursday at a government economic review meeting, President Yoon Suk Yeol called for South Korea to “open a new future for the semiconductor industry.”

    To make that happen, South Korea has created a $19 billion program to fund construction of chipmaking mega-clusters – especially the electrical and transport infrastructure they need.

    The United States and European Union have thrown tens of billions of dollars and euros respectively at IC manufacturers, while South Korea’s chip champs – Samsung Electronics and SK hynix – are indeed monsters of memory as they collectively hold over 70 percent of the market for DRAM and NAND flash.

    But beyond Samsung’s modest Exynos SoC operation (which can’t even satisfy demand for its own Galaxy smartphones), South Korea is not home to a notable manufacturer of high-value processors.

    Samsung and SK hynix have also made enormous bets on factories to produce more memory – some on the peninsula and others stateside (where they could attract funds from Uncle Sam).

    Memory-centric analyst firm TrendForce recently worried out loud about AI-fuelled demand for HBM skewing manufacturing investments away from DRAM, and maybe causing a shortage of the latter in years to come.


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  • @0nekoneko7OP
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    124 days ago

    South Korea is planning to Shift gears to catch up in the race.