Samsung says it is the first in the industry to mass produce chips using the 10nm process

Samsung says it is the first in the industry to mass produce chips using the 10nm process
Samsung today announced that it has started mass production of 10nm chips, becoming the first in the industry to do so. The company said that a tech product will launch early next year using the 10nm chips it is turning out. There was a published report earlier this month containing a rumor that Samsung will be producing the Snapdragon 830 chipset for Qualcomm using the 10nm process.

According to the speculation, the manufacturer will use a technology called Fan-out Panel Level Package (FoPLP). This will allow Samsung to churn out the chips without using a printed circuit board for the package substrate, allowing the chips to be thinner.

If this rumor is true, dropping the node from the 14nm FinFET process used for the Snapdragon 820 SoC will make the Snapdragon 830 chipset cheaper to produce (not including the one-time cost to update the equipment needed to manufacture the chip). It also will be more frugal in terms of power consumption.

TSMC said earlier this year that it will be manufacturing chips using the 7nm process starting in the beginning of 2018. Samsung is also expected to follow suit. 

source: Reuters

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20 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

I know we're all taking this nanometer tech for granted today - but this is phenomenal. My first computer had 250mb (not GB) hard drive. Today nanometer tech is talked about like it's potatoes. Mass produced 10nanometer chips deserves its own merit. Good job Samsung.

19. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I agree to a point. But we know basically this tech, just makes chips smaller. But is smaller, always better? Today's SoC is already very small, very powerful and very efficient. But at some point, making it any smaller, won't create a higher degrees of this as the efficiency will reach its cap. Of course smaller chips, means more room for larger batteries, but Samsung is already trying to evolve battery tech, so that a battery double the size, can use the same space. Let's say 10NM only give a 10% increase in efficiency over 14NM. If that a gain large enough for the cost to even make it smaller? 14NM gave a high benefit vs 28NM. But 10NM isn't going to offer the same from 14NM, because the scale down is not as large. A move from 14Nm to 7, seems would give a similar benefit as moving from 28NM to 14NM. To me, moving from 14NM to 10NM is equal to you choosing a 2.0Ghz CPU vs a 2.7Ghz CPU.

20. AlikMalix unregistered

Techie, you're just a little sadist, aren't you. Even if we throw out any efficiency smaller chips yield, throw away the extra room for either cooling or other components or battery they yield, there's still so much more benefit for going smaller and smaller. Imgaine (if we keep going smaller and smaller) you can hide the entire soc in a size of a camera bump, what about inside a contact lens. Let engineers do their thing. You may not see any benefit to even try, but if we just stopped where we were comfortable - we'd be riding horses still.

2. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

Well done, 5 nm coming in 2020

3. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Here's a idea. Let's concentrate on a safe phone and your reputation.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

Jeroome, I can bet they have a whole section of their industry dedicated to that, this doesn't mean that they shouldn't keep innovating. (And this is coming from an iPhone fan)

13. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Do these chips make the phones explode?

17. AlikMalix unregistered

Dumb post.

7. Harambe unregistered

Samsung LSI has nothing to do with Samsung mobile.

10. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

Here's an idea. Stop making yourself a fool in the comment section for the sake of your reputation. Samusng Semi conductors has nothing to do with samsung mobile or samsung battery. Three differents companies with different ways of running the company.

5. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

I bet intel will be doing 10nm end of next year, latest

8. Harambe unregistered

Next year will be tick again. So it's certain they will be using 10 nm.

9. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I really hate paying more than $500-600 on a phone, but next exynos can sure make me.

11. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

They better focus on the damn crappy software. Even the S7 can run for a few years if it is supported with proper software.

18. Macready

Posts: 1829; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

My old S2 lost support over 3 years ago and runs as good/better than day 1. 5 and a half years and counting...

12. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Tsmc is always behind!

15. kamejoko

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Intel now behind too?./

16. Papa_Ji

Posts: 873; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Dude everyone is behind Samsung...

21. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

It's a little tricky, Intel is more like 13.4nm when it says 14nm and Samsung is at 12nm when it says 10. When intel shrinks to 10nm they will be at 9.5nm. So now Samsung is ahead then intel will be then who knows?

14. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Any news on the Back End of the Line process? It's very unlikely this is 'true' 10nm. Keep doing yo thang though, Samsung :)

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