Samsung Electronics Co. on Friday opened a new department under its chip division focusing on the foundry business, in line with the company's efforts to expand its market presence in the area.
The foundry business refers to making chip designs for other companies that do not have a semiconductor fabrication plant.
Under the restructuring, Samsung now holds three major pillars in its semiconductor business, namely memory, system LSI and foundry.
The South Korean tech giant said last month it has finalized the development of second-generation 10-nanometer FinFET process technology, claiming the development will help the firm secure more foundry business partners.
Industry tracker IHS Markit estimates Samsung's foundry business posted sales of $4.5 billion in 2016, up 78.6 percent from a year earlier.
In 2016, Taiwan-based TSMC stood as the leading player in the foundry sector, followed by another Taiwanese firm UMC and US-based GlobalFoundries. Samsung was the No. 4 player in the area. (Yonhap)