Samsung Electronics is not considering a cut in production of its memory chips despite slowing demand amid concerns over a global economic recession, a senior company executive has said.
“There is no internal discussion (about a cut in memory chip production) at the moment,” Han Jin-man, executive vice president and head of the memory global sales and marketing at Samsung Electronics, said at the annual Samsung Tech Day in San Jose, California on Wednesday.
“Samsung’s basic position on this matter is that there should not be artificial production cuts,” he said while stressing that Samsung “is trying to make sure there is neither a chronic shortage nor oversupply of chips in the market.”
His comments came as US chipmaker Micron Technology said it would cut capital spending by up to 30 percent and chip equipment spending up to 50 percent to slow supply growth in the fiscal year 2023, reports Yonhap news agency.
It is “prudent” to “bring our supply in line with demand” in the current “unprecedented” environment that has impacted demand and caused, “the unprecedented level of inventory adjustments by our customers,” Micron CEO Sanjay Mehrotra said during the company’s earnings call late last month.
Micron is the world’s third-largest DRAM maker with a 24.8 per cent market share, trailing behind industry leader Samsung with 42.7 per cent and runner-up SK Hynix Inc. with 27.1 per cent, according to global market researcher Omdia.
Samsung shared its memory chip development plans, stating that DRAM with a gate width of 12 nanometers will go into mass production in 2023. Its most recent, eighth-generation vertical NAND flash will go into mass production this year, while the ninth-generation vertical NAND will come out in two years.
The world’s largest memory chip maker also unveiled a vision to become a total chip solutions provider by “maximizing the synergy between” its wide range of products, around 900 in total, that include System-on-a-Chips (SoCs), image sensors, modems, display driver integrated circuits (ICs) and power management ICs.
“In an age that requires machines to learn and think as people do, the importance of logic chips, which play the roles of the brain, heart, nervous system and eyes, is growing to unprecedented levels,” Park Yong-in, president and head of Samsung’s System LSI Business, said.
“Samsung will converge and combine its technology embedded in various products like SoCs, sensors, DDIs, and modems, in order to lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution as a total solutions provider.”
Samsung said it will focus more on developing technologies for better-performing neural processing units and graphics processing units going forward, which are key to the development of artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, and quantum computing.
On the memory chip front, Samsung said it will strengthen collaborations with partners, partly to advance in intelligent mobility solutions.