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Samsung has started mass producing its second-generation 10nm FinFET chips

By Koh Wanzi - on 30 Nov 2017, 11:45am

Samsung has started mass producing its second-generation 10nm FinFET chips

Samsung S3

Samsung has announced that it has begun mass producing chips based on its second-generation 10nm FinFET process, also referred to as 10LPP (Low Power Plus).

The first generation of 10nm chips was dubbed 10nm LPE, or Low Power Early, and Samsung has improved on these with performance improvements of up to 10 per cent and reductions in power consumption of up to 15 per cent.

And because 10LPP is basically an upgraded version of an already established process, it will be easier for companies like Qualcomm to move on to the new process. This means possibly faster time-to-market for chipmakers, in addition to improved manufacturing yields.

The new SoCs are slated to appear in devices in early 2018, with a wider rollout over the next year.

The South Korean company also said that its newest S3 manufacturing line, located in Hwaseong, Korea, is ready to ramp up production of process technologies at 10nm and below. In fact, this is the same fab that will mass produce Samsung’s 7nm FinFET process technology using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography.

In the more immediate future, Samsung also has its eye on 8LPP, which just completed qualification last month and is ready for production. “Samsung with its long-living 10nm process strategy will continue to work on the evolution of 10nm technology down to 8LPP to offer customers distinct competitive advantages for a wide range of applications,” said Ryan Lee, vice-president of Foundry Marketing at Samsung Electronics.

Source: Samsung

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