Samsung Unveils Advanced 10nm And 14nm LPU Process Technologies Today At Its Foundry Forum

Ramish Zafar
Posted Nov 3, 2016
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It’s a competitive world when it comes to processors. While 2016 was relatively slow in terms of process upgrades, true magic will take place next year. Samsung and TSMC are toe to toe for manufacturing processes. Today, it’s the Korean tech giant’s turn for some impressive announcements. Samsung has announced its 10 and 14nm LPU processes today. These add performance numbers to current technologies, while keeping power consumption similar to older variants. Take a look below to find out more.

Samsung Unveils Third And Fourth Generation 10nm, 14nm LPU Process For Increased Performance

Samsung’s had a rough final quarter this year. The Korean tech giant’s Galaxy Note 7 has become quite infamous. The device’s exploding batteries have resulted in their fair share of controversy. Samsung’s executives went as far as to ‘kneel’ in front of Chinese distributors as restitution. The company seems to be eager to make it up on multiple ends though. We’ve heard quite a lot about the Galaxy S8 from the rumor mill, and today its the company’s foundry that captures headlines.

Samsung unveiled its updated 14nm and 10nm processes today at the company’s Foundry Forum. Dubbed as 14LPU and 10LPU, the processes are fourth and third iterations of their respective nodes. 14LPU is based a on a similar design as its predecessor and consumes equal power as well. It however manages to deliver higher performance. Samsung intends the process to be utilized in performance and compute intensive applications.

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For 10nm LPU, Samsung claims to have further reduced surface area when compared to 10nm LPP and LPE. Samsung also believes that the process represents the most cost effective offering in the market right now, owing to manufacturing limitations. “Samsung is very confident with our technology definitions that provide design advantages on an aggressive process with manufacturability considerations.” said Ben Suh, Senior Vice President of foundry marketing at Samsung Electronics.

The company also provided updates on its 7nm EUV process. The race is tight between Samsung and TSMC for the process. The latter believes that it has the edge when it comes to 7nm, and even 10nm processes. For actual results, we can only wait for 2017. Rest assured, the year looks to be very promising for mobile hardware. Things will kick off with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 830 and Samsung’s Exynos 8895. Both are rumored with impressive frequencies expected to touch the highly coveted 3.0GHz mark. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned for the latest.

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