Semiconductor testing company Tesna said on Tuesday that it has begun operation of its new testing factory.
The factory will test Samsung Electronics’ CMOS image sensors. Operations of the facility at Anseong began near end of October.
A Tesna spokesperson said testing volume will increase to mobile application processors as per its customer’s request.
The latest factory is Tesna’s third __ its has another at Anseong and another at Pyeongtaek.
The company invested 220 billion won for the new factory. The new factory can test 12-inch wafers. Its previous factories could only test up to 8-inch wafers.
Tesna purchased the testing equipment from Japan’s Advantest and US’s Teradyne.
The company tested Samsung’s CMOS image sensors using these new equipment at is old factories. These has since been moved the new factory. Other necessary equipment will be placed at its new factory by March.
Tesna has been testing Samsung Electronics’ CMOS image sensors since 2019. Tesna has won more orders from the South Korean tech giant has it began producing more multi-camera image sensor for itself as well as customers such as Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi.
CMOS image sensor testing accounted for 20% of Tesna’s sales in 2019 but this has increased to 30% as of the third quarter of 2020. Tesna reported accumulated sales of 93.6 billion won up to the third quarter of 2020, a rise of 32.6% from the same time period a year ago. Operating income in the period was 20.9 billion won, a rise of 18.7% year-on-year.
Tesna expects sales to increase by 70 billion won to 80 billion next year thanks to its third factory. The company is expecting more orders from Samsung Electronics as the latter expands the production of CMOS image sensors and application processors.