Samsung LSI managing director Dr. Heo Kuk told ZD Net that his company aims to kick off production of 7nm chips in early 2018. Furthermore, Kuk shared that Samsung will introduce extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography on the 7nm node. The news implies the future Samsung Galaxy S9 phone may feature a 7nm SoC:
“We will maximize the advantages of EUV in the 7-nanometer process and secure competitiveness in terms of performance and power consumption,” he said.
Should Samsung’s 7nm chips go into production next early next year as suggested, it could mean that they arrive in time for the Samsung Galaxy S9.
Meanwhile, Samsung’s semiconductor rival TSMC plans to test 7nm chips in Q2, 2017, suggesting it could have them ready in 2018 for the iPhone 9.