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.