Samsung pegs 7nm chip production for 'early 2018,' in time for the Galaxy S9 processor

Samsung pegs 7nm chip production for 'early 2018,' in time for the Galaxy S9 processor
Besides Apple's foundry darling TSMC, Samsung will be the main challenger in the battle for leadership in the production of chips using the complicated 7nm process

Samsung's chief of the semiconductor LSI division called the technology "challenging" during the quarterly results press conference, yet mentioned that Samsung expects to become leader, due to the introduction of the next-gen extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography equipment that helps laying down the miniscule transistors close to each other without too much drama. 

TSMC is expected to undergo risk production of 7nm chipsets this year, and mass production next year, while Samsung now also cites an aggressive roadmap for "early 2018," meaning that the Galaxy S9 will most likely flaunt a 7nm processor. In the meantime, Samsung will aim to perfect the 10nm lithography for its flagship line this year, and the 14nm chips for the midrange and wearables segment. Needless to say, we can't wait to measure the performance and power draw of the processors in the Galaxy S8, and hear more details about the move to 7nm next year, which should be pretty significant in its turn.

source: ZDNet.co.kr

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17 Comments

1. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

The Processor wars are starting to get exciting again. The Note 7 disaster could be the best thing to happened to the industry in years, it's almost like all the OEM's have woken up and started competing again. Good stuff.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

There has always been CPU wars. The Note 7 has nothing to do with it! You're just as crazy as the PA writers!

2. kamejoko

Posts: 252; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Intel now behind samsung and tsmc.

8. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Yes and no , we cant compere 14 nm samsung to 14 intel

3. galaxy-gear

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

creativity of the giant does not stop!

4. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

After 5nm in 2021 what's next?

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Next one is angstrom but it will take some time

9. liteon163

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Quantum computing. ;-)

6. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

Let's predict the future! by 2025, phones will be using 0.0025 nm processors, 2500mAh will be considered large enough, and Android will be on version 15.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Awesome! And they'll still be shipping only snapdragon phones here.

10. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Whoa whoa! Slow down there sammy!

11. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Where does the pixel get it's processor from?!

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Qualcomm They use the SnapDragon 821

12. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

that's impressive, we are going to hit the limit (for now seen as a limit anyway) soon.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Could you even phantom a 1NM CPU? To me its just a race to the bottom. Because after you make the smallest possible die, there is nothing left. Without active cooling, I just don't see how they can so this small. I mean they are already trying to use heat pipes. Even though benchmarks show performance gains with a drop in size, you don't see it in the actual software.

17. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well its been proven that you can make a single atom transistor, so.....who knows, but yeah, once they get to that point, heck even now quantum mechanics are going to say hello. That said potentially the increases become more exponential, the gains, the reduces in power draw e.t.c. the more we near. So who knows what we will see, add that once carbon nano tubes can be used instead of copper and such we stand to see an insane increase as well, and an insane reduction in heat generation. Theoretically a carbon cpu similar to a modern i7 (bit old info but probably still applies) would not need cooling.

16. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

Well I guess we'll plateau at about 2nm in about 2025, then in order to get more performance even higher multi-core may be the solution 16core an even 20core cpu,till we can move on to graphene processors...

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