Samsung plans $1.9B SoC assembly line

Korean electronics manufacturer says new production line at Hwaseong will be completed in March 2014, and will manufacture "cutting edge" mobile application processors, according to report.

Samsung Electronics will be investing 2.25 trillion won (US$1.9 billion) to set up a new system-on-chip (SoC) manufacturing line in South Korea, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

The report on Thursday stated that the world's largest manufacturer of memory chips will be setting up the new chip line to use 300-millimeter wafers to make "cutting-edge" 20-nanometer (nm) and 14nm mobile processors.

This latest project represents a total investment equivalent to 2.53 percent of the company's total net worth, and it is expected to be completed by March 2014, it added.

Such chips are used to support the running of applications in a mobile operating system, including memory management, graphics processing and multimedia coding, and is commonly found in today's mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, the article noted.

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