Samsung Commences Mass Production of Its 7nm LPP EUV Process, Promises 50% Lower Power Consumption
Samsung has sent out an announcement that it has started the production of chips using its 7nm LPP EUV technology. This process will include extreme ultraviolet lithography or EUVL for certain layers. The advantage here is that it will enable the Korean giant to increase the transistor density of these chips while optimizing their power consumption. This can potentially mean that the SoCs that are launched after the Exynos 9820 might be made on this technology, resulting in immediate battery life benefits while optimizing performance too.
Samsung Will Be Able to Reduce Its Production Cycle Using 7nm LPP EUV Thanks to the Addition of EUVL, Resulting in Better Chip Yields
Samsung will be producing its 7nm LPP EUV chipsets at its S3 factory located in Hwaseong, South Korea. This process will be able to produce 1500 wafers daily with a 280W light source. This approach will help the manufacturer to obtain a 40 percent area reduction at the same complexity, a 50 percent lower power consumption at the same frequency and complexity, and a 20 performance boost using the same power and complexity. All of these differences are when you compare it with the previous-generation 10nm LPE technology.
Also, the use of EUVL for select layers enables Samsung to place 40 percent more transistors inside its next-gen SoCs and reduce their power consumption. With battery technology having remained stagnant for several years, flagship smartphone chipsets boasting incredible efficiency will be highly beneficial when several users are aiming for a high battery endurance.
While it is obvious that the Korean behemoth will be using this technology to fabricate its home-grown chipsets, Samsung did not disclose the name of other clients. However, it has been reported previously that Qualcomm plans to use this node for its 5G-capable Snapdragon SoCs. The chipset manufacturer has reportedly been working on its Snapdragon 865, which is said to feature a 5G modem that is embedded within the silicon.
Samsung is also expected to massively increase EUV lithography usage, but that will most likely take place after another production line in Hwaseong, has been made. It is expected to cost 6 trillion Korean Won (approximately $4.615 billion), with projected completion expected in 2019, and production expected in 2020. Do note that it was quite a difficult step for Samsung to bring the EUV process to fruition as the technology is very complex.
This requires brand new equipment that has been outfitted with new light sources, new chemicals, and a brand new infrastructure. This naturally took years to develop, but it certainly looks like Samsung is going to be reaping the rewards when it launches new products down the road.
Samsung talked about its advanced 7nm LPP EUV process a while back in thorough detail, and you can read all about it here.