Samsung breaks ground on the 7nm foundry that will cast the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 chipsets


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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19 Comments

1. Ghost04

Posts: 518; Member since: May 03, 2014

TSMC is ahead..

2. antonmassoud

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 22, 2016

But Samsung's 7nm uses EUV, so the 7nm by Samsung is far far ahead

4. umaru-chan

Posts: 358; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Stop dreaming with your "far far ahead" claim.

6. Anderson36

Posts: 42; Member since: Apr 28, 2017

What’s your point though? You still have to wait for a year and by that time Apple’s A13 chip would blow away this crap.

7. duckofdeath unregistered

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.

10. apple-rulz

Posts: 2113; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

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.

13. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

So if I order from Mario's a customized pizza exactly to my specs and ingredients, that means I am the one who knows how to make the pizza and not Mario? LOL

15. apple-rulz

Posts: 2113; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

So if you’re a laborer on a building site does that mean no architect was involved? LOL

18. mootu

Posts: 1517; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

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.

12. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Apple since iPhone 1 desgin there Soc and manufucture by Samsung including there GPU. Since A serious they still desgin there A Soc, but manucutre by TSMC instated of Samsung got it.

19. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Bigger cores is what Apple looking for and TSMC seems that doing it better than Samsung.

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Samsung is further ahead than TSMC.

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Ahead in what? did they already released 7nm processors?

17. lightyears

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

TSMC is no match for Samsung

3. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

and the price will go even higher...

5. sintruder

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

I feel this time GlobalFoundries' 7nm will be the best, but unfortunately most phone processors won't use it

9. rkoforever90

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

S9 is not out yet we are already on s10 and note 10 rumors, great

11. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Yeah, it's way too early.

16. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Summary: Don't buy S9, just wait for S10.

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