SEOUL, Aug. 16 (Yonhap) — Groq, a U.S. AI solutions company, has announced that Samsung Electronics Co. will provide them with the latest artificial intelligence (AI) semiconductors. The California-based firm stated that they have contracted with Samsung Foundry for “solidifying their product roadmap with a U.S.-based foundry services provider.” The chips, designed in partnership with Samsung’s Foundry Design Service team, are expected to be produced in Samsung’s chip factory in Austin, Texas in 2025, using the SF4X process (4nm). This is Samsung’s advanced 4nm FinFET platform technology.
Last year, Samsung began building a US$17 billion chip fabrication plant in Taylor, Texas, with the goal of finishing construction by the end of 2021 and starting production the following year. Marco Chisari, head of Samsung’s U.S. foundry business, commented that the collaboration with Groq is a demonstration of how their advanced silicon manufacturing nodes are being used to bring new AI innovation to market.
Groq, founded in 2016 by Jonathan Ross, a former Google executive, specializes in the design and production of chipsets for deep learning applications. This partnership with Samsung Foundry will enable Groq to reinforce their North American-based operations for engineering and manufacturing, while ensuring their product availability and short lead times.
Kyung Kye-hyun, co-CEO at Samsung in charge of the tech giant’s chip business, said last month that 4nm chips will be shipped from the Taylor factory by the end of 2022. He also mentioned that “major U.S. customers want their products to be produced here.”