According to the latest data, Samsung has encountered difficulties in organizing the production of chips according to the advanced 3nm process technology. The reason is not the lack of technological skills, but, as it turned out, the lack of qualified specialists to carry out development. As a result, the company has to close old manufacturing facilities to reallocate human resources to new ones.
According to Sammobile, citing South Korean media, the company has already switched some of the employees involved in manufacturing chips using “mature” technical processes to the production of 3nm and even more advanced products. Apparently, the company has an acute shortage of skilled workers to support all technical processes, diverting staff from 130mm and 65mm factory lines to modern production.
Of course, such a reorganization will cost Samsung quite a bit. According to the latest data, the company is no longer accepting orders for chipsets based on 130nm and 65nm technologies from Korean small and medium-sized chipmakers.
The good news for Samsung is that the company isn’t the only semiconductor manufacturer facing this problem. Semiconductor companies from China, the US and Taiwan are known to be hiring more skilled workers.
TSMC has mastered 3nm production for quite some time, possibly due to the lack of personnel. Samsung started shipping 3nm chips last year, but the first batch was very small. Samsung delivered the first 3nm chips to a Chinese cryptocurrency mining company.
The company’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S23, is known to use only the optimized 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset for galaxy, It is also produced by the Taiwanese manufacturer TSMC.