Samsung will start 10nm LPP production later this year

Samsung will start 10nm LPP production later this year

Samsung will start 10nm LPP production later this year

Samsung will start 10nm LPP production later this year


Samsung will start 10nm LPP production later this year, alongside a new cost-optimized version of their 14nm FinFET process, advancing their processing technologies while also making their existing technologies more affordable. 

Samsung's Director of foundry marketing, Kevin Low, has stated that they have reduced the number of steps required to make 14nm products, allowing them to deliver the same performance at a lower cost. Samsung expects to see the next generation of 14nm products be the made on their new, cheaper 14nm processing node.

Samsung's lower cost 14nm FinFET process will be available sometime later this year, meaning that this new process has arrived too late for use on AMD's upcoming Zen CPUs or Polaris GPUs. 


There are always concerns about trading off cost versus performance,

LPC has the same PDK of [14nm] LPP. The number of steps has been reduced…That allows us to achieve a lower cost point on manufacturing and we decide to share that with our customers.


  Samsung will start 10nm LPP production later this year  

Samsung has also stated that they will release their 10nm Low Power Plus (LPP) Technology later this year, replacing their 10nm Low Power Early (LPE) technology, while offering a 10% performance boost. Samsung has also begun work on their 7nm processing node, though they have also stated that it may take some time for 7nm to be ready for affordable production. 


   We think 10nm will be a much longer node than other foundries are claiming it will be. We think 7nm has to be defined and optimized to be cost effective to the masses, not just the high margin products,


Just like Samsung's 14nm node it is expected that it will take a while before 10nm will be adopted by large chip makers like AMD and others, with the process being likely to be used on smaller SoCs and other designs before they can be used on larger chips like desktop grade CPUs and GPUs. 


You can join the discussion on Samsung's 10nm process node on the OC3D Forums


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25-04-2016, 19:23:02

Wondering if it really is 10nm. I know some say IBMs 7nm stuff isn't actually 7nm whereas it's actually closer to 10nm. Just seems odd they are pumping out these seriously small wafers in such a short time frame, whereas Intel still have the most advanced foundaries in the world and haven't put out 10nm products yetQuote

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