Developing a ‘virtuous cycle’ ecosystem for domestic system semiconductors - Reinforcing cooperation with IP firms to boost foundry business competitivenessSamsung Electronics’ ‘SAFE (Samsung Advanced Foundry Ecosystem)’ program has been operated since 2018 in close cooperation with partner firms in the areas of △EDA (electronic design automation), △IP, △Cloud, △design and △packages. As a result, design methodology, IP, and package platforms at the customer’s disposal when designing products using Samsung Electronics’ foundry processes have increased approximately 1.5 times from last year. Particular emphasis has been placed on expanding cooperation with small- to medium-sized Korean IP firms to promote growth of the system semiconductor ecosystem. Helping small and medium Korean businesses in the field of system semiconductors improve their business capacities promotes collaboration among partners and clients, creating a ‘virtuous cycle’ in the ecosystem. Notably, close to two years of cooperation with domestic IP firms have started to bear fruit. Among the stars of this year’s SAFE Forum were ‘Qualitas Semiconductor’ and ‘TechwidU.’ In cooperation with Samsung Electronics, the two firms have developed upwards of 10 mobile interface IPs and analog IPs each, harnessing technical know-how acquired in the process to take on direct customer support. How helpful has Samsung Electronics’ SAFE Program been for small and medium Korean IP firms? We sat down with ‘Qualitas Semiconductor’ and ‘TechwidU’ to discuss the virtuous cycle that has helped these firms expand their IP business and has also contributed to growth of the domestic system semiconductor market.
Duho Kim, CEO, Qualitas Semiconductors: Samsung partner in establishing a virtuous cycle in the Korean semiconductor ecosystem