South Korean web media TheElec quoted informed sources as saying that Samsung Foundry, Samsung Electronics' foundry business, will replicate TSMC's successful model and establish a silicon intellectual property alliance.


[Compilation of Lu Yongshan/Comprehensive Report] According to a report by South Korean online media TheElec, Samsung Foundry, Samsung Electronics’ foundry business, has established a mechanism that allows key partners to own the company’s silicon intellectual property sales and maintenance rights. The Intellectual Property Alliance (IP Alliance) established by the leading foundry TSMC operates in a very similar way.

TSMC's key partners, including IC design companies and silicon intellectual property developers, are members of the alliance.

TSMC's goal is to promote the long-term and mutual growth of these partners, and this strategy seems to be working, because the company has more than 3 times the number of silicon intellectual properties than Samsung Electronics. TSMC has more than 30,000 silicon intellectual properties. About 10,000.

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According to people familiar with the matter, Samsung Electronics aims to replicate the model that TSMC started two years ago.

Silicon intellectual property is a key factor for foundry manufacturers such as TSMC and Samsung Electronics to win orders from fabless semiconductor companies such as Apple and Qualcomm.

These fabless semiconductor companies design chips but don't have the equipment to manufacture them. They hope to leverage the existing silicon intellectual property of their foundry partners because it can improve manufacturing efficiency.

Samsung Electronics has grouped its silicon intellectual property and awarded its rights to different companies.

For example, in the interconnect part, Qualitas Semiconductor now owns the rights; in the memory part, the partner is Openedge Technology; in the analog part, the partner is TechwidU.

According to people familiar with the matter, this strategy means that Samsung Electronics can focus on the foundry itself and does not need to compete with other silicon intellectual property companies.

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