Dr. Es Jung, Head of Samsung Foundry, Speaks at Iedm on the Increasing Role of Foundries in the Future Initiatives for Next-Generation Technologies
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, expects foundries will play an increasingly important role as total solution providers, pushing the limits for broader engagement in the 4thindustrial revolution era.
“This collaboration is paramount between material, equipment, electronic devices, government, universities, research centers, and consortiums, to ensure the success in the upcoming 4th industrial revolution.”
During a keynote speech at the 2018 IEEE* International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), Dr. ES Jung, president and head of Foundry Business at Samsung Electronics, shared his vision that the next industrial revolution can only happen by the continuous evolution of semiconductor technology.
In his presentation “Fourth Industrial Revolution and Foundry: Challenges and Opportunities,” Dr. Jung explained that the evolution of advanced foundry technologies will be crucial to enable the design and manufacture of innovative semiconductor products that will take our everyday life into new and previously unthought-of directions.
New and exciting applications such as AI, cloud computing, autonomous vehicles, and smart home require high-level technologies including sophisticated design and system level optimization.
Dr. Jung discussed the increased complexities of semiconductor technology that have altered the role of the semiconductor foundry from a conventional wafer manufacturing business to a total solution provider. Today, foundries are providing value-added services, especially in the areas of design service and infrastructure, product engineering, and packaging/testing.
Semiconductors have evolved to be faster in speed, higher in density, and lower in power consumption, allowing a wide range of new and innovative applications. In addition, to analyze exponentially growing, unprecedented amounts of data, new memory architectures and completely new schemes of computation, such as neuromorphic computing, have to be developed.
“None of these technological advancements would have been possible without collaboration across the entire semiconductor industry,” emphasized Dr. Jung. “This collaboration is paramount between material, equipment, electronic devices, government, universities, research centers, and consortiums, to ensure the success in the upcoming 4th industrial revolution.”