Some good news from Samsung for a change.
Samsung announced to the begin of the mass production of System-on-Chip (SoC) processors with 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET technology. Samsung is first in the industry with 10nm CPU production. Samsung started earlier this year 10nm DDR4 memory chip production.
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The new 10nm chip technology is going to end up in the Samsung Galaxy S8 coming next Spring.
“The industry’s first mass production of 10nm FinFET technology demonstrates our leadership in advanced process technology,” said Jong Shik Yoon, Executive Vice President, Head of Foundry Business at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue our efforts to innovate scaling technologies and provide differentiated total solutions to our customers.”
Samsung’s new 10nm FinFET process (10LPE) adopts an advanced 3D transistor structure with additional enhancements in both process technology and design enablement compared to its 14nm predecessor, allowing up to 30-percent increase in area efficiency with 27-percent higher performance or 40-percent lower power consumption. In order to overcome scaling limitations, cutting edge techniques such as triple-patterning to allow bi-directional routing are also used to retain design and routing flexibility from prior nodes.
Following the introduction of Samsung’s first-generation 10nm process (10LPE), its second generation process (10LPP) with performance boost is targeted for mass production in the second half of 2017. The company plans to continue its leadership with a variety of derivative processes to meet the needs of a wide range of applications.
SoCs with 10nm process technology will be used in digital devices launching early next year and are expected to become more widely available throughout 2017.