Samsung announced producing 7 nm chips in second half of the year. It would be the first to use a so called EUV lithography solution. The new aired that key IPs were on course to be completed by the first half of 2019.
Mobile chips are constantly shrinking in size owing to the manufacturing process. Smaller chips usually yield longer battery life and better sustained performance. So how small is Samsung going to go in the future.
Samsung’s Exynos chips and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset are expected to make use of the smaller manufacturing process. The company is also targeting 3nm chips, with a reported 2021 window for production to begin.
Samsung is planning 5nm chips for 2019, 4nm chips for 2020, and 3nm as soon as 2021. An analyst told the outlet that they initially expected 3nm chip production in 2022, but noted Samsung was moving faster than expected.
However it might want to keep an eye on Huawei’s HiSilicon chip company. It’s claimed that Huawei’s upcoming Kirin 980 flagship processor will use a 7nm process as well. Huawei traditionally reveals a Mate phone with a brand-new chipset in the second half of the year, so they could beat Samsung if the 7nm rumor is indeed true.
The company used the forum to reiterate plans for 5nm, 4nm, and 3nm manufacturing processes. The 4nm process will see Samsung adopt its existing FinFET manufacturing technology. Well, Samsung is still getting life out of its established manufacturing technology, but the move to the smallest process for mobile chips requires some new tech.