It appears that Samsung is looking to pour another billion dollars or so into strengthening the production of processors, especially in its semiconductor facility located in the city of Austin in Texas. The reason behind the move is to boost the tech giant’s ability to build integrated systems on a chip, such as the SoCs (under the company’s Exynos brand of processors) currently being utilized by a number of smartphones and tablet devices.
According to a report published by the Austin American Statesman, Catherine Morse, Samsung’s local general counsel, has stated the $1 billion plus investment should translate to more job opportunities. As explained by Morse, the process of upgrading the Austin facility will most certainly result to the hiring of some 250 to 500 additional personnel. The expansion of the facility is expected to be finished by the middle of next year, and should inject some life into Austin’s flagging chip manufacturing industry.
Looking at the bigger picture, the move also suggests that Samsung is quite serious in its intention of being more independent in challenging the world’s biggest manufacturers of processors. Perhaps the South Korean tech giant’s fiercest competitors are TSMC, which also happens to make most of the processors used by Apple for its iPhone devices, and of course, Qualcomm, which just recently revealed its plans of acquiring NXP Semiconductor for a sum of $47 billion.
Some might see Samsung betting big on processors as business as usual for the world’s biggest smartphone vendor. But the company has plenty of work to do, especially after the unfortunate disaster of its Galaxy Note 7 phablet. Apart from boosting its chip making capabilities, Samsung will likely double its efforts in making sure its next generation smartphone offerings will not be blowing up in people’s faces.
As for its upcoming Galaxy S8, the company will certainly not mind the distraction provided by early rumors. According to the latest speculation reported by the Investor, the next flagship from Samsung will feature a display area ratio of more than 90 percent screen space. For context, the average display area ration among existing smartphone releases is about 80 percent. If the 90 percent display area ratio is true, then for sure, the Galaxy S8 will at least come with 10 percent more screen than any Galaxy handset ever released. Previous Galaxy S8 rumors suggest an ultra HD screen, a February 2017 launch schedule, and a 4K display.
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