Samsung kicks off mass production of 2nd gen 10nm chips

Posted on Wednesday, Nov 29 2017 @ 10:46 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Samsung proudly announces it has initiated volume production of SoCs made on its second-generation 10nm process. Called 10LPP (low power plus), this node is an enhancement of Samsung's 10LPE (low power early) process technology. Compared with the first-gen 10nm process, the 10LPP technology enables chips with 10 percent higher performance or 15 percent lower power consumption. Smartphones with the first chips made on 10LPP are expected to be shown at CES 2018.
Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced that its Foundry Business has commenced mass production of System-on-Chip (SoC) products built on its second generation 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology, 10LPP (Low Power Plus).

10LPP process technology allows up to 10-percent higher performance or 15-percent lower power consumption compared to its first generation 10nm process technology, 10LPE (Low Power Early). As this process is derived from the already proven 10LPE technology, it offers competitive advantages by greatly reducing turn-around time from development to mass production and by providing significantly higher initial manufacturing yield.

SoCs designed with 10LPP process technology will be used in digital devices scheduled to launch early next year and are expected to become more widely available throughout the year.

“We will be able to better serve our customers through the migration from 10LPE to 10LPP with improved performance and higher initial yield,” said Ryan Lee, vice president of Foundry Marketing at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung with its long-living 10nm process strategy will continue to work on the evolution of 10nm technology down to 8LPP to offer customers distinct competitive advantages for a wide range of applications.”

Samsung also announced that its newest manufacturing line, S3, located in Hwaseong, Korea, is ready to ramp up production of process technologies including 10nm and below. S3 is the third fab of Samsung’s Foundry Business, following S1 in Giheung, Korea and S2 in Austin, USA. Samsung’s 7nm FinFET process technology with EUV (Extreme Ultra Violet) will also be mass produced at S3.
Samsung's S3 fab line is pictured below.

Samsung S3 line


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