Samsung announces its roadmap to chips made using 4nm process

Samsung announces its roadmap to chips made using 4nm process
Right now, top-of-the-line chipsets are being made using the 10nm process. Samsung has been among the leaders in hitting this target. The smaller the process size, the more powerful and energy efficient these chips become as more transistors can be placed on them. This relates to Moore's Law, devised by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore back in 1965. He noted that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits doubled every two-years.

Samsung has produced a roadmap showing how it plans on going from the current 10nm process down to 4nm. According to a presentation made at the Samsung Foundry Forum, Samsung's next step is to produce 8nm chips using its Low Power Plus process. It's 7nm Lower Power Plus process will be the first to use Extreme Ultra Violet lithography, which is used to etch the circuit design onto a silicon wafer. By the time Samsung gets to its 6nm Low Power Plus process, it will use a new Smart Scaling solution that will allow for ultra-low power benefits.

From there, Samsung says that it will drop down to its 5nm Low Power Plus process, and then the target. The 4nm Low Power Plus process will be the first to use a next generation device architecture called Multi Bridge Channel FET. This is Samsung's Gate All Around FET technology that is designed to workaround the physical scaling and performance limitations of the FinFET architecture.

Getting from 10nm to 4nm is going to take time, and there will be obstacles and problems along the way. But as Samsung continues to check off each stop along the way to 4nm chips, consumers will get to enjoy faster performance from their mobile devices even while consuming less energy.


source: Samsung

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14 Comments

1. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Samsung as usual ahead of everyone (especially Apple).

5. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Because they know that they won't sell as many handsets as ever before and thus selling components is the only way out. They will sell these technology to other companies and try to earn some money.

6. Papa_Ji

Posts: 851; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Samsung is the world leader in both smartphones and it's components sales.... "They will sell these technology to other companies and try to earn some money" In most of the cases Samsung products are the Frist one to use new technology.... Most of times Others get the older ones ( As in the case with the next iPhone with older generation AMOLED panels).

8. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

but still slower than an year old iphone..!!

12. trqster

Posts: 176; Member since: May 17, 2013

That's just due to crappy ol'gotta work with all devices Android... Apple imo will keep on being the performance reference for that reason.

13. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Well, Apple don't actually manufacture anything (including CPU's).. so this is already a given :)

2. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 574; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Well done Sammy truly a company that innovates. Without Samsung I dont even want to know where we be today, keep making new breakthroughs and amazing devices.

3. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

By the time 4 nm chips you the market It will be 6 years if we drop by 1 each year. Can't wait to see what's ahead of us.

4. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

They dont go 1nm per year. They went from 28 to 14 to 10 to 7. so next couple of years 4nm should be possible

7. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It may take longer then two years. Re-read the last paragraph of this article.

9. KingSam

Posts: 1450; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Next fix heat issues on flagship socs.

14. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Nothing wrong with the SD835.. My Xiaomi MI6 barely gets warm

10. KingSam

Posts: 1450; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Next fix heat issues on flagship socs.

11. KingSam

Posts: 1450; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Next fix heat issues on flagship socs.

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