Com­pany will add chip out­fit po­si­tions

Sam­sung

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - B Con­tact Kirk Laden­dorf at 445-3622. Sam­sung says its planned semi­con­duc­tor plant ex­pan­sion is on track.

Sam­sung’s Austin em­ploy­ment to­tals 2,500 di­rect em­ploy­ees, of whom 200 work in its chip de­sign cen­ter. Its man­u­fac­tur­ing em­ploy- ment is not ex­pected to change much in the coming year, but com­pany spokes­woman Cather­ine Morse said em­ploy­ment at the chip de­sign cen­ter in North­west Austin will con­tinue to ex­pand.

“We ex­pect con­tin­ued growth at our de­sign cen­ter through­out 2013,” Morse said, adding that the en­gi­neer­ing team is work­ing on de­signs “and devel­op­ment of the lat­est tech­nolo­gies for mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion pro­ces­sors.”

Some in­dus­try an­a­lysts say Sam­sung also has an en­gi­neer­ing team in town work­ing on chips for low­power servers.

Sam­sung does not dis­close who the cus­tomers for its Austin fac­tory are, but an­a­lysts say it is clear that they are Ap­ple Inc. and Sam­sung it­self.

The two com­pa­nies are the world’s largest mak­ers of smart­phones and other mo­bile de­vices.

The IDC mar­ket re­search firm es­ti­mated that Sam­sung shipped just more than 66 mil­lion “smart con­nected de­vices” (smart­phones, tablets and per­sonal com­put­ers) in the third quar­ter, while Ap­ple shipped nearly 46 mil­lion. To­gether, the com­pa­nies con­trolled about 37 per­cent of the global mar­ket.

“The bat­tle be­tween Sam­sung and Ap­ple at the top of the smart-con­nected de­vice space is stronger than ever,” said IDC an­a­lyst Ryan Reith.

Sam­sung con­tin­ues to be a key sup­plier for Ap­ple, even though the two com­pa­nies have on­go­ing law­suits against one an­other over al­leged vi­o­la­tion of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights.

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