Samsung isn’t all about smartphone as the world’s top smartphone vendor also has interests in electronics, display panels, and semiconductor manufacture. Samsung is even a leading name in advanced semiconductor technology and is responsible for the manufacture of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip using the first-generation 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology. The tech giant has now announced that its foundry has started mass producing System-on-Chip (SOC) products built on its second generation 10nm FinFET process technology as well as a 10LLP (Low Power Plus).
The 10 LPP process technology further provides for up to 10% increase in performance as well as 15% lower power consumption when compared with the first generation 10nm process technology called 10LPE (Low Power Early). The new process is derived from the 10LPE technology which has already been perfected, the new technology offers competitive advantages by greatly reducing turn-around time from development to mass production. It also ensures significantly higher initial manufacturing yield.
The System-on-Chip (SoCs)designed with the 10LPP process technology will power digital devices scheduled to launch early next year. The process is also expected to become more widely available throughout the year as a result of the better yield and perhaps cheaper cost than the current flagship chips manufactured using the 10nm FinFET process technology. The tech giant also disclosed that they are still intensifying efforts to further pilot the evolution of the 10nm technology down to 8LPP to offer customers distinct competitive advantages for a wide range of applications.
Samsung has also announced that its newest manufacturing line, S3, which has been under construction in Hwaseong, Korea, is now ready to commence production of process technologies including 10nm and below. The S3 plant is Samsung Foundry’s third fab, the first being S1 located in Giheung, Korea and S2 in Austin, Texas, US. It is worthy of note that the much touted Samsung 7nm FinFET process technology with EUV (Extreme Ultra Violet) will also be mass produced at S3.