Samsung breaks ground on the 7nm foundry that will cast the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 chipsets
by Daniel Petrov / Feb 21, 2018, 8:37 AM
Samsung just tooled up for mass production of the chipsets that will go into the Galaxy S10 and Note 10, as it is breaking ground on a brand new foundry this week, tasked with making the plunge all the way down to the 7nm production node. The factory costs $5.6 billion, yet Samsung has further expansion plans about it, since the 7nm process will be with us for at least a few years going forward.
The Snapdragon 845 chipset that is about to debut in the Galaxy S9, is packing Qualcomm's X20 modem, which does 1.2 Gbps, so we'd wager to guess that the 7nm X24 modem that Qualcomm announced last week, is meant for the Snapdragon 855 SoC that will go into the Galaxy S10 at the earliest. Samsung said that it will begin risk trials of 7nm chips this year, and will be ready for mass production in early 2019, so we can reasonably expect the new S3 factory will be the one tasked with the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 chipsets.
The source claims that Samsung's brand new foundry is a response to TSMC's 7nm production, which may end up in the Apple's A12 chipset in the 2018 iPhones crop, but we beg to differ. The fact that Samsung has ordered at least 10 sets of Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography equipment from the Netherlands for the new foundry, at about $140 million apiece, indicates that it intends to go above and beyond the TSMC process which still uses the old optical method that has already hit its limits.
Thus, the 7nm EUV chips produced in Samsung's new factory, albeit spared for next year, might be superior to the ones that TSMC will be able to churn out this summer with the aging optical lithography, so we can't wait to pit the Galaxy S10 against Apple's finest specimen in the fall crop.
source: Korea Herald
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TSMC is ahead..
posted on Feb 21, 2018, 8:41 AM 5
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But Samsung's 7nm uses EUV, so the 7nm by Samsung is far far ahead
posted on Feb 21, 2018, 9:14 AM 14
Apple don't know how to make a SoC, they only order them. They're literally made by Samsung and TSMC. Also, Apple chip "greatness" has been debunked over and over as faked benchmark optimisation, which they of course "get away with" as they're the only brand selling devices with their own operating system.
posted on Feb 21, 2018, 11:16 AM 10
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You don’t even know what goes into making a “chip”, so it’s best you shut up. Also consider this, though I know you won’t/can’t, that the iPhone X had the best rated smart phone screen EVER tested by DisplayMate. Better than even any Samsung screen ever. Now Samsung makes those screens exactly to Apples specs, so it seems Apple knows about how stuff should be made. Ponder all that for a while.
posted on Feb 21, 2018, 1:21 PM 2
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No they don't make the screens to Apples specs, they are made to Samsungs specs and calibrated to Apples spec, big difference The tech and specs used to manufacture the screens for the two phones is exactly the same. The difference comes from calibration and processing.
posted on Feb 22, 2018, 2:17 AM 0
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