[News] Competing with TSMC? Samsung Foundry Follows Price Cuts, Offering Discounts Up to 15%

2024-01-04 Semiconductors editor

With the semiconductor market facing uncertainties and limited signs of industry recovery in the first half of 2024, foundries in China, Taiwan, and South Korea are all implementing price reductions to secure orders and solidify customer relationships.

According to TechNews citing from supply chain sources, Samsung Foundry, which had not taken action previously, is expected to follow suit with price cuts in the first quarter to keep pace with competitors.

Reportedly, industry sources suggest that Samsung Foundry is adopting a price reduction strategy in the first quarter of 2024, offering discounts ranging from 5% to 15% and expressing a willingness to negotiate.

Samsung Foundry’s actions can be interpreted as a goodwill gesture towards its customers. The company has been in constant competition with TSMC, especially in processes below 5nm, and actively engaging in negotiations with customers, seeking collaboration opportunities with Qualcomm, NVIDIA, AMD and others.

Considering the subdued semiconductor market in 2023, fabs in both China and South Korea have implemented price cuts to secure orders. The price reductions for mature processes in 8-inch and 12-inch wafer reached 20-30%, while Taiwanese fabs have also made concessions in pricing.

TSMC, the leading foundry, had already been reported to offer price concessions in 2023, with the major focus on mask costs rather than foundry services. It was mentioned at that time that TSMC’s price concessions primarily applied to the 7nm process, where utilization rates were lower, and the extent of concessions depended on the volume of orders from customers.

In terms of the global foundry landscape, according to data published by TrendForce, Taiwan holds approximately 46% of global foundry capacity, followed by China (26%), South Korea (12%), the US (6%), and Japan (2%).

However, due to government incentives and subsidies promoting local production in countries like China and the US, the semiconductor production capacities of Taiwan and South Korea are projected to decrease to 41% and 10%, respectively, by 2027.

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Please note that this article cites information from TechNews