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Samsung's new 8nm process is now ready for production

This node really should be called 10nm+

Samsung's new 8nm process is now ready for production

Samsung's new 8nm process is now ready for production

Samsung has officially revealed that their new 8nm LPP (Low Power Plus) manufacturing process is now ready for production, offering up to a 10% performance gain over the company's existing 10nm process while offering up to a 10% area reduction due to its narrower metal pitch. 
 
This node is effectively a refinement of Samsung's existing 10nm production node, making this process in reality 10nm+, this is commonplace throughout the industry given the lack of standardisation between manufacturers like GlobalFoundries, TSMC Intel and Samsung. 
 
The advantages of this new process node are the fact that it is based on existing Samsung technology, allowing Samsung to rapidly ramp up production of 8nm bt adapting their existing 10nm tech. Samsung has also been able to pass qualification with this new node three months ahead of schedule, allowing the company to produce 8nm parts a full quarter ahead of schedule. 
 
8nm will be Samsung's final node before their switch to EUV (Extreme Ultra Violet) with their 7nm manufacturing node, which will set in a new era for Moore's Law, allowing manufacturers to break past some of the limitations that have been thwarting progress in the foundry market.  

 

8LPP will have a fast ramp since it uses proven 10nm process technology while providing better performance and scalability than current 10nm-based products  

 

Samsung's new 8nm process is now ready for production

 

At this time it is unknown how long it will take for 7nm to be production ready, given its reliance on high-end EUV lithography solutions from AMSL and the problems associated with this cutting-edge technology. Below is a brief description of Samsung's upcoming 7nm technology.  

 7LPP (7nm Low Power Plus): 7LPP will be the first semiconductor process technology to use an EUV lithography solution. 250W of maximum EUV source power, which is the most important milestone for EUV insertion into high volume production, was developed by the collaborative efforts of Samsung and ASML. EUV lithography deployment will break the barriers of Moore’s law scaling, paving the way for single nanometer semiconductor technology generations. 

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18-10-2017, 13:10:37

NeverBackDown
AMD should have gone with this over 7nm. Get products out much sooner.Quote

18-10-2017, 16:31:29

WYP
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
AMD should have gone with this over 7nm. Get products out much sooner.
Yeah, but this is just 10nm+. TBH the names of process nodes are so all over the place that it there is really no way of knowing which is better. Even AMD's 12nm stuff will just be 14nm+ in reality.

It is also hard to know if Samsung's process is suitable for big products, as their nodes are usually designed to suit mobile first and then expand out to bigger silicon.Quote

18-10-2017, 19:30:37

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
Yeah, but this is just 10nm+. TBH the names of process nodes are so all over the place that it there is really no way of knowing which is better. Even AMD's 12nm stuff will just be 14nm+ in reality.

It is also hard to know if Samsung's process is suitable for big products, as their nodes are usually designed to suit mobile first and then expand out to bigger silicon.
Yeah the naming scheme is meh. But still, I bet AMD would have been able to get Navi out sooner or a Ryzen refresh on this 8nm than GloFo/TSMCs 7nm. Navi isn't expected to come till late Q1 2019 at best, there is plenty of time for Samsung to ramp up for larger silicon.Quote
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