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Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix refused to participate in the preliminary review of the South Korean government's development of the next-generation memory processing (PIM) project.


Korean media thelec reported that the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy selected PIM AI Semiconductor as a national project, and the Korea Institute of Information and Communication Technology Planning and Evaluation (IITP) plans to carry out the project from June to July. Preliminary review. If the project passes the review, it will be launched before the end of the year and will receive 992.4 billion won in funding between 2022 and 2028.

An IITP official with knowledge of the project said that they expected the project to be difficult to advance because the major storage companies Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix refused to directly participate in the project and only participated as members of the steering committee.

Another person familiar with the matter said that the two companies have little motivation to participate in the project because they also have the ability to develop such storage semiconductors.

In addition, people familiar with the matter added that the two companies do not want the government to intervene in the development of such chips. Compared with the billions of dollars invested in research and development by Samsung and SK Hynix, the budget for the project is also small.

It is reported that PIM combines AI processor and memory. This is different from the traditional von Neumann structure, in which the CPU and memory exchange data with each other. Since the memory will process the data by itself, this will greatly save power consumption and shorten processing time.