According to foreign media reports, South Korea, which is home to two major memory chip manufacturers, Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix, is strong in the global memory chip market and has a far-leading market share.
Compared with the strong memory chip business, South Korea is obviously weaker in non-memory chips. Although Samsung Electronics is strong in chip foundry, the process technology can basically keep up with the rhythm of TSMC, and the 3nm process technology is the first. Mass production, but the design and R&D of non-memory chips is the shortcoming of Korean manufacturers.
The latest reports from the Korean media show that in the report released by the Korea Industrial Research Institute, the global competitiveness of non-memory chips is far less than that of memory chips.
In the report of the Korea Industrial Research Institute, the overall competitiveness score of the Korean semiconductor industry is 71 (the score is 0-100). Specifically, the score of memory chips is as high as 87, but the score of non-memory chips is only 63. It is the lowest in the segment.
The Korea Industrial Research Institute also stated in the report that South Korea and the industry need to focus more on the design and research and development of non-memory chips.
It is worth noting that in terms of non-memory chips, there have been previous reports that if Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix acquire Arm, they can directly make up for the weaknesses of the Korean semiconductor industry and enhance their design strength. However, as Nvidia’s acquisition of Arm was ended due to regulatory challenges, industry insiders also believe that Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix are unlikely to acquire Arm.