A high-ranking R&D govt with practically twenty years of expertise at TSMC lately took up a place with Samsung. Semiconductor trade insiders talking with Taiwan’s DigiTimes described the senior govt’s transfer as “uncommon” and one that could be a “menace” to TSMC’s hegemony.
Lin Jun-Cheng began his lengthy tenure at TSMC in 1999 after serving at Micron Expertise. The exec labored in TSMC’s superior packaging and testing division and has been described as a driving drive in advancing packaging applied sciences like CoWoS and InFO. Earlier than leaving TSMC in 2017, Lin was the Deputy Director of the R&D division. Within the interim, he labored because the CEO of Skytech, a semiconductor tools firm in Taiwan, accumulating manufacturing expertise for packaging tools. His new place at Samsung is because the VP of Superior Packaging Enterprise.
Experiences counsel Lin’s time at TSMC didn’t present the chance to deal with purchasers straight. Maybe he received far more of that sort of expertise in his most up-to-date stewardship of Skytech. Nonetheless, his TSMC work in 3D IC packaging was extremely well-liked with necessary foundry purchasers like Nvidia, Apple, AMD, and varied HPC specialist corporations. As well as, throughout his TSMC R&D profession, Lin helped the agency safe greater than 400 patents.
It’s value wanting extra intently at Lin’s most up-to-date experiences at Skytech. The corporate truly makes foundry instruments for supporting 2.5D and 3D packaging. Lin has helped Skytech safe over 100 patents.
In accordance with Enterprise Korea, Lin has been introduced on board within the wake of Samsung organising a complicated packaging commercialization process drive in 2022. Samsung acknowledged this was an space the place it might do higher, and Lin is simply the most recent in a variety of skills, with others employed from the likes of Intel, Qualcomm, and Apple.
Earlier within the week, and in the same vein, we reported that Samsung has been placing in efforts to speed up in-house CPU core improvement by way of high-profile hires, together with a senior ex-AMD engineer. The South Korean tech large obliquely responded to the story to say that its CPU improvement and optimization groups weren’t new and that it’s repeatedly “recruiting world skills.”