Samsung aims to lead the future with roadmap till 4nm chips
Samsung Electronics’ chips business in one of the brightest spots on its balancesheet and it looks like Samsung won’t let it die anytime soon.
Samsung Electronics just announced a comprehensive foundry process technology roadmap to help customers design and manufacture faster, more power efficient chips. It has already outlined its process roadmap from 8nm chips, all the way down to 4nm chips!
The Samsung Foundry Forum was a platform for Samsung to showcase all its major products from 28nm-4nm technologies and the company is planning to launch a variety of new process capabilities, including new technology nodes, the introduction of Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUV), and its own fully depleted SOI (FDSOI) technology.
“To successfully compete in today’s fast-paced business environment, our customers need a foundry partner with a comprehensive roadmap at the advanced process nodes to achieve their business goals and objectives.” said Jong Shik Yoon, Executive Vice President of the Foundry Business at Samsung Electronics.
The current Snapdragon 835 uses a 10nm chip compared to the 14nm chip Snapdragon 821 had. The reduction in processor size basically means that the chip transistors can be packed much closer together which leads to more efficient running and lower power consumption.
Samsung’s new roadmap now aims at smaller chip sizes of 8nm, 7nm, 6nm, 5nm, 4nm (Which are crazy, to begin with!) with the help of the EUV Process. The plan to enter risk production of 7nm LPP EUV process sometime in 2018 and these chips will be much faster than many expected it to be. The rest of the chips will follow in succession with the 4nm chips planned to enter risk production in 2020. One can only imagine how fast hand-held devices are going to get with these chips!
Samsung also announced its new fully depleted SOI (FDSOI) technology which is directed towards customers who tilt towards budget-oriented chips. They plan to expand their current 28nm technology by incorporating Radio Frequency and eMRAM. This will be followed by 18nm processes which will offer enhanced power and performance.
Samsung has invested huge amounts in its chip production facilities. And it’s certainly looking to clinch the top spot in the industry by aiming to be the first company to both 7nm and 4nm chips. Samsung has been pretty much enjoying the sunshine after it took the lead on 14nm where bigwigs like TSMC lagged behind. It’s a tough road ahead considering that foundry competitors won’t sit back with their hands in the pocket.