Samsung Begins Mass Production of 10nm Chip FinFET
Samsung has just announced that it has started mass producing processors using 10nm FinFET manufacturing process. Samsung claims that it will be the first semiconductor company to start mass production of microprocessors based on 10nm FinFET technology. The Galaxy S8 is rumored to be the first to come with the chips in early 2017.
Jong Shik Yoon, Samsung Electronics’ VP and head of boundary business said, “The industry’s first mass production of 10nm FinFET technology demonstrates our leadership in advanced process technology. We will continue our efforts to innovate scaling technologies and provide differentiated total solutions to our customers.”
Samsung claims that system on a chip (SoC) produced to 10nm will offer 40% lower power consumption and a 27% boost in performance compared with the current leading 14nm process. The 10nm process involves an advanced 3D transistor structure, with improved design and process technology which beats 14nm process.
According to ETNews, Samsung is more likely using this 10nm tech in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 830 processor. In fact, their sources are under the impression that Samsung is making all of the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 830s, partly because the two struck some sort of deal to feature it in Galaxy S8.
The company said that “it used cutting edge techniques such as triple patterning to allow bi-directional routing and overcome problems with scaling.”
So, it is likely that the Samsung’s new flagship (S8, tipped to launch in February 2017) device after Galaxy S7, will use the new chips. Samsung Galaxy S8 has the potential to be way more powerful with much better battery life than its predecessor (new chip tech). Galaxy S8 is rumored to have a 4K display with virtual reality support. It won’t catch fire with Snapdragon 830 and Exynos 8895 chips as Samsung is building both on its 10nm process.
ARM’s website listing says.”The Mali-G71 GPU was developed expressly to meet the needs of new industry advancements such as the Vulkan cross-platform graphics API from Khronos as well as the ever growing demand for a smooth mobile VR experience.”
Samsung also announced that the firm plans to start mass production of its second generation 10nm chips (10LPP), which will offer further improvements in performance in the second half of 2017. 10nm SoC technology will be launched early next year and will branch out into more devices throughout 2017. If Samsung has learned its lesson Galaxy S8 will not inherit Note 7 issues (unexpected explosions).