Samsung to build new $6bn semiconductor production line
Leading South Korean technology company Samsung has announced that it will begin to construct a new extreme ultraviolet (EUV) production line Hwaseong in the aim of maintaining its status within the semiconductor industry.
The EUV technology will be utilised to overcome nano-level technology limitations in the aim of creating 7nm chipsets that will be used to support 5G networks throughout the deployment of the networks.
“With the addition of the new EUV line, Hwaseong will become the center of the company’s semiconductor cluster spanning Giheung, Hwaseong and Pyeongtaek in Korea,” said Kinam Kim, President & CEO of Device Solutions at Samsung Electronics.
“The line will play a pivotal role as Samsung seeks to maintain a competitive edge as an industry leader in the coming age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
Construction of the facility is expected to complete in H2 2019, costing $6bn, with production to be ramped up to full capacity in 2020. The company has stated that additional investments into the facility will depend upon market circumstances at this time.
ShareChat parent raises US$145m at $2.88bn valuation
Mohalla Tech, the parent company behind social media apps Moj and ShareChat, has raised an additional US$145 million at a market valuation of $2.88 billion.
The latest Series F funding, led by Singapore state investor Temasek, Moore Strategic Ventures (MSV), and Mirae-Naver Asia Growth Fund, is an additional investment beyond the $502 million raised in April this year.
"We are immensely proud of what we have been able to achieve with Moj and ShareChat in the last 12 months. We have been very fortunate to attract a bunch of very high-quality names in our series F and the list just got longer with Temasek, MSV and Mirae-Naver joining hands with us," said Ankush Sachdeva, CEO & Co-founder, Moj and ShareChat.
According to the company, investments raised this year, including the latest, will be used to double down on its plans of building an AI feed, incentivising its creator base and amplifying platform health and safety. In the past few months, the company has hired global senior executives with specialisation in AI and ML and continues to look for more such senior hires.
The continuing growth of social media
Founded in October 2015, the social media company has raised close to $911 million over seven funding rounds so far. This has helped both Moj and ShareChat to continue their growth journey, differentiate and deliver a unique social media experience. Moj has become India’s number one short video app with the highest monthly active users, with an average user time spent of 34 minutes every day, scoring over 4.5 billion views daily.
ShareChat, the Indic language social media platform, is positioned uniquely with an average user time spent of 31 minutes daily. Moj and ShareChat together, with a 340 million-strong user community, envision building a cohesive AI-powered content ecosystem to address India’s growing digital needs.
James McIntyre, Senior Managing Director and COO at MSV said, “We are excited to partner with Moj as they build India’s premier short form video platform, and have been impressed by this management team’s speed and agility in capturing the opportunity. This round will help to accelerate that growth and allow Moj and ShareChat to continue to develop the best ecosystem for content creators and consumers alike.”