Samsung shared some news during its Q2 2021 earnings call this week that sounded very positive for future chip output but potentially awful for enthusiasts’ wallets. As noted by executive VP of investor relations Ben Suh, Samsung will be increasing the prices of its semiconductor wafers to finance the expansion of its S5 fab located near Pyeongtaek, South Korea. The implication is that GPUs, SoCs, controllers, and other types of hardware that Samsung has a hand in will go up in price. These would include NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards, whose Ampere GPUs are manufactured by the South Korean electronics giant. Despite contractual agreements made between the two companies, there seems to be some possibility of these graphics cards getting affected by new premiums.

Image: Samsung

How Samsung Foundry’s price hikes will affect prices of smartphones and graphics cards is something that remains to be seen, but certainly its customers will try to offset higher manufacturing costs somehow.

Source: Samsung (via SeekingAlpha, Tom’s Hardware)

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  1. If they are making MILLIONS or even BILLIONS of chips out of this factory already the net increase on cost per chip is going to be pretty damn low. Just saying.

  2. Didn’t nV already say their next generation were going to be on TSMC 5nm?

    So this will only really affect mid-tier and lower tier products that continue to use Samsung 8nm… the rebadged 3060Ti that becomes next gen’s 4050…

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