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What the Collaboration of Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries on 14 nm Will Mean for the Semiconductor Industry

Published: 02 May 2014

ID: G00263968

Analyst(s): Samuel Wang

Summary

The 14-nanometer collaboration between Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries will cause a market share shift in the foundry business. Fabless customers can benefit from this partnership, as they will see faster time to market and cost reductions.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Competitors should note Samsung's success in 14 nm FinFET outside the IBM Common Platform while TSMC's foundry technology leadership is challenged
    • Possible Demise of IBM Common Platform
    • TSMC's Technological Leadership in Foundry Business Is Challenged
    • Intel and Other Foundries
  • As alternatives become available, a foundry market share shift will result from this collaboration, potentially affecting customer relationships
    • Apple and Qualcomm
    • Other Foundry Customers
  • Sharing PDK and equipment qualification enables design portability, investment savings for both companies and faster time to market for customers
  • Foundry customers can benefit from future and derivative technology, competitive prices and other services offered separately by Samsung and Globalfoundries as differentiators

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