Bits + chips
Highlights of the day: Samsung keen to overtake TSMC

TSMC is the clear leader in the semiconductor foundry sector, and Samsung is keen to close the gap. The Korean giant reportedly plans to skip the 4nm node and jump directly from 5nm to 3nm in a bid to beat the Taiwanese rival in the tech advancement race. Meanwhile, TLC NAND flash prices are coming under downward pressure thanks to a slowdown in consumer SSD demand in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Samsung reportedly to skip 4nm foundry process: Samsung Electronics has revised its foundry process roadmap, skipping 4nm and jumping directly to 3nm from 5nm, according to industry sources.

TLC NAND flash prices under downward pressure: NAND flash contract prices are expected to hold flat in the third quarter of 2020, but prices for 3D 3bits/cell (TLC) NAND chips have come under increasingly downward pressure due to a further slowdown in consumer SSD demand, according to industry sources.

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