Sam­sung signs agree­ment with IBM to pro­duce mi­cro­pro­ces­sors

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SEOUL: South Korean tech gi­ant Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics has inked a deal to man­u­fac­ture seven-nanome­tre (nm) mi­cro­pro­ces­sors for Us-based tech­nol­ogy com­pany IBM’S cen­tral pro­cess­ing units (CPUS).

Sam­sung will man­u­fac­ture seven-nm mi­cro­pro­ces­sors for IBM Power Sys­tems, IBM Z and IBM Lin­ux­one high-per­for­mance com­put­ing (HPC) sys­tems and Cloud of­fer­ings, Yon­hap news agency re­ported.

The deal is ex­pected to help Sam­sung, which has Qual­comm as one of its clients, to beef up its foundry busi­ness util­is­ing ex­treme ul­tra­vi­o­let (EUV) process tech­nol­ogy, in­dus­try watch­ers said.

A foundry busi­ness refers to mak­ing chip de­signs for other com­pa­nies that do not have a semi­con­duc­tor fab­ri­ca­tion plant.

“The agree­ment com­bines Sam­sung’s in­dus­try-lead­ing semi­con­duc­tor man­u­fac­tur­ing with IBM’S high-per­for­mance CPU de­signs,” IBM said in a state­ment.

“It po­si­tions IBM and Sam­sung as strate­gic part­ners lead­ing the new era of high-per­for­mance com­put­ing specif­i­cally de­signed for ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.”

The two com­pa­nies will also be ex­tend­ing their strate­gic re­search al­liance, which has lasted for 15 years, IBM said.

Sam­sung claims that util­is­ing EUV process tech­nol­ogy paves the way to pro­duce more pre­cise chips com­pared with the con­ven­tional ar­gon flu­o­ride (ARF) im­mer­sion tech­nolo­gies, which can bet­ter meet de­mand from emerg­ing big­data and AI in­dus­tries.

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