Samsung's 10nm chipset process gets official in the foundry roadmap

Samsung's 10nm chipset process gets official in the foundry roadmap
Samsung is currently at the forefront of mobile processing with its 14nm FinFET production method that outed the scorching fast Exynos 7420 in the S6. It is not resting on its laurels, though, and just added the 10nm FinFET process in the foundry roadmap, announcing it officially in the video below.

The announcement might have something to do with TSMC's unveiling of risk trial production for 10nm chips that is supposed to happen this year, and Samsung  would want to prevent potential customers flocking to TSMC for their 10nm needs. Samsung plans on expanding its 14nm capacity, however, and hasn't announced any change of schedule for the start of its own 10nm lines, which was originally set for the end of next year. Back in May, however, the System LSI division showcased the first 10nm wafers in a highly unusual move, likely aimed at giving a pause to big customers like Apple, before they commit to TSMC for the development of their next-gen chipsets. 

The 10nm process, as with every die shrink of this magnitude, will introduce a 20% increase in peak clock rates, and a whopping 40% decrease in power consumption, all in the same footprint, and that's what the race is all about, so next year's mobile silicon race is shaping up to be even more exciting than this show season.

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21 Comments

1. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

The 10nm is coming The 10nm is coming!

7. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Yes yes run run and hide some where

2. No_Sammy_No_Gimmicks

Posts: 147; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

The 10nm will not be ready for iPhone 7 that is due for release in September 2016, but will be ready for Galaxy S8 in March 2017. Again Samsung will beat Apple to the latest processor technology. But this again will not translate into sales for Samsung.

5. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Well said. Maybe they can advance in schedule and actually be able to start mass producing right before the 7. But even if they don't use it on the 7 the 7S will have it.

12. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Thats because atest processor Vs last year processor does not equal massive improvement.. Look at the speed test's yes the Galaxy S6 won against the iphone but not by much, and when it comes to day on day use, no one including ourselves will ever notice the difference.

15. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Most of the shrinking benefits for the current 14nm Exynos went into power savings, but still the CPU is up to (read: when fully exploited) almost twice as fast as the A8, depending on the tasks given. It's the GPU that is only marginally faster than the A8 GPU, which means that in practice it mostly depends what you do (and whether the software used is optimized or not, but that goes for every comparison involving different architectures).

14. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I was hoping it will come little early in note 6.

21. engineer-1701d unregistered

it will be in note 6

20. engineer-1701d unregistered

unless apple does a big redesign they will lose in 2016 to samsung people are leaving now and upset with them no new tech

3. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

dont care about 10nm processors i just want a smoother ui experience.

4. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

What about Intel it got 14nm processors so how can Samsung be the leader in that?

8. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Mobile processor.. duh

16. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well not much difference it's tablet processor

6. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

A decrease in power consumption but stuffs in power hungry components making it usable for one day only. I don't understand why can't they make it simple. But of course they are trying to just sell and make money.

9. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

The only fault Samsung did was put a measly battery inside the S6/Edge. The S6 Active has a bigger battery, and it actually showed a huge improvement on battery life compared to it's non-active siblings.

13. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

True. It did outperform the endurance phones. I hope that this chip plus big battery and power optimization can do 3-day life.

10. dimas

Posts: 3297; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Just keep making them small and power efficient so that 2600mah will last for 2 days. I forgot, they're also going to push display pixels further than 500+. Never mind the 2-day battery dream.

11. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

And somewhere in Cupertino, Apple engineers are popping open champagne bottles.

17. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Will 14nm FEOL happen on Samsung's current mobile 14nm FinFET process?

18. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

*BEOL

19. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Still baffles me when someone writes x% more power AND y% more efficient. It's or, either you get more power OR more efficient at the same power as today.

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