Samsung has started mass producing second generation 10nm chips

Samsung has started mass producing second generation 10nm chips

Samsung Foundry Business has begun mass production of chips built on the second generation 10nm FinFET process. This was Samsung's first 10nm processor. Now it isn't official but it could be quite possible that this process would most probably be employed in the new Exynos and Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC that are expected to come in the Galaxy S9. Samsung built both the Exynos 8895 and the Snapdragon 835 used in those devices. Samsung is promising either 10% better performance or 15% more battery life from the second generation technology; indicating that gains will be relatively small compared to the leaps and bounds we have become accustomed to.

It was a little over a year ago that Samsung announced the start of manufacture of its 10nm chip.

"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", claimed the company in a statement. The company also announced its latest manufacturing plant located in Hwaseong, Korea, which was created in order to up the yield for 10nm processors. Along with S1 in Giheung and S2 in Austin, Texas, it is the firm's third dedicated foundry line.

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According to Ryan Lee, Vice President of Foundry Marketing at Samsung, the company will continue with its "long-living 10nm process strategy" and will continue to work on upcoming 7nm chips.

SoCs created using the newer 10LPP process will be put into devices ready for launch in early 2018 with higher quantities being made available as the year goes on.