Samsung announced that the company has finally qualified its 8-nanometre (nm) chipmaking process which is now ready for production. This news from the company came three months ahead of schedule.
The company mentioned that the newest process node i.e. 8LPP will provide up to 10% lower power consumption despite covering 10% less area from 10LPP which is made possible with the installation of a narrow metal pitch. The 8LPP chips are expected to be the most attractive process node that is capable of managing high-performance applications including mobile, cryptocurrency and network/server.
In order to make even smaller chips in future, the tech giant will now need to focus on smoothening its extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technique so that it can be installed in upcoming smartphone variants.
Ryan Lee, Vice President of Foundry Marketing at Samsung Electronics said “With the qualification completed three months ahead of schedule, we have commenced 8LPP production,” He further added “Samsung Foundry continues to expand its process portfolio in order to provide distinct competitive advantages and excellent manufacturability based on what our customers and the market require.”
All in all, Samsung’s new 8LPP chips will have a smooth ramp as it makes use of proven 10nm technology that will offer better scalability and performance as compared to the current 10nm based products.
After the 8LPP, the company will now focus on the production of 7-nanometre chips which is the first of the company’s silicon chips that will be produced with the new EUV process. According to Samsung, the new EUV powered 7-nanometre chips will be introduced in the first half of 2018.