According to Korean media reports, due to the surge in demand in the semiconductor market, Samsung Electronics may increase the outsourcing of certain general-purpose computer chips to UMC and GlobalFoundaries.

According to the report citing industry sources, Samsung Electronics’ LSI division recently agreed to purchase its CMOS image sensor for smartphone cameras from UMC.

Samsung Electronics has responded to semiconductor shortages through cooperation with UMC at the end of last year, such as in the field of TV display drivers. The source said that UMC will soon use Samsung Electronics' 28nm process technology to mass produce chips.

In addition, the report also said that Samsung may consider signing an outsourcing consignment agreement with GlobalFoundaries.