Samsung Electronics has begun construction at its Pyeongtaek plant in South Korea to expand its V-NAND memory production line, the company announced on Monday.
The expanded line, once complete, will produce 100-layer class V-NAND flash memory, Samsung said. The company expects the expansion to be finished in the second half of 2021.
The South Korean tech giant added that it hopes the expanded line will help meet the growing demand for NAND flash memory in the mid to long-term as artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) become more prevalent.
Addressing COVID-19, Samsung also said it believes the social distancing measures that have arisen from the pandemic have accelerated this shift to AI and IoT, and that the latest investment would allow the company to get an early footing into future opportunities.
Samsung's Pyeongtaek plant was built in 2015. The company then started producing NAND flash memory chips at the plant in 2017, which allowed the South Korean tech giant to meet a huge demand for memory chips and post record profits in 2018. Samsung's profits peaked in the third quarter of that year.
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It also launched the Intel-based Galaxy Book S laptop on Friday. According to Samsung, the laptop is powered by a new Intel CPU with "Intel Hybrid Technology", which uses the chipmaker's Foyeros 3D stacking technology and a hybrid CPU architecture.
The processor delivers full Windows 10 compatibility and will conserve battery when not in use, it added.
The laptop will come with a 42Wh battery, 8GB RAM, and users will have the option of either 256GB or 512GB internal memory. It also supports Wi-Fi 6 and LTE connectivity.