Samsung aims to break the 3GHz barrier with new mobile chips

Samsung aims to break the 3GHz barrier with new mobile chips
Earlier today in a press release Samsung announced that it extends the partnership with Arm to bring to the market the first 7nm and 5nm chips that would be capable of 3GHz+ clock speeds.

For those unsure what that means, some clarifications:

Arm is a company that focuses solely on designing semiconductor chips and licensing its IP (intellectual property) to manufacturers. Developing small scale chips is extremely expensive, which is why even large corporations, such as Samsung, rely on Arm for some of their products.

In context of the article, smaller component size means more transistors per square millimeter, which can be utilized in different ways, for example: more power in the same size or same power in smaller size. Smaller transistors also have better energy efficiency which leads to less heat generated which allows for higher clock speeds. Higher clock speeds mean more calculations per second i.e. higher productivity.

Now back on track, the new chips will use Arm's Artisan physical IP platform and will be based on Samsung Foundry's 7LPP (7nm Low Power Plus) and 5LPE (5nm Low Power Early) manufacturing technologies. The low baseline power draw will allow Arm's the next generation Cortex processor – the A76, to reach clock speeds above 3GHz.

While current top spec CPUs provide consumers with all the performance they need, Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning modules would greatly benefit from these new processors.

To put things into perspective, the Snapdragon 845, currently found in most high-end Android devices, as well as Apple's A11 CPU, are both based on 10nm technology, while mid-range devices usually have chips with 14 to 28 nm architecture.

The Cortex A76 will be running only 64-bit kernel-level code, the first ever Arm CPU to do that, but will have integrated support for 32-bit applications, so no compatibility issues are expected. As usual, the CPU will be accompanied by a GPU, in this case the Mali G76.

According to Samsung, the first batches of the new 7nm chips will be ready before the end of the year. Considering this timeline, the first devices to have the Cortex A76 are expected at the beginning of 2019, which coincidentally or not is when the Galaxy S10 is to be released.

source: Samsung via SamMobile

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25 Comments

1. NinoH

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

What will go after 5nm!?! The world of semiconductors as we know it is coming to a close. Maybe 5-10 years of finished products and then what?

3. tedkord

Posts: 17041; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Innovations will continue, new ideas will drive it forward.

16. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Its 3nm after 5.

2. Nimbus

Posts: 435; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

iPA in gsmarena on this same news they included that Samsung has long term roads plan for 3nm too under Gate All Around Early technology (GAAE) too.Next year all mid-range smartphones will use 10nm LPP SD710 and SD640 aka SD680 chips to SD636 and SD660.

4. Hollowmost

Posts: 405; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

The king of semiconductor .

6. apple-rulz

Posts: 1840; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

How so? Did Samsung develop all their own mask and wafer tech? Please elaborate in detail.

7. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

How so? They are the largest player and the ones that are the furthest ahead, while also showcasing the most promising developments in the future. Samsung is massive within semi-conductors. It's a much bigger revenue than their smartphone business. Seriously, just look it up yourself, because regardless of what we will say, you're just going to deny anything that might hint at the fact that Samsung is actually great at Your name and behavior explains why.

15. apple-rulz

Posts: 1840; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Well then, answer the question I posed above.

19. apple-rulz

Posts: 1840; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

So explain exactly how Samsung will do it. All by themselves? How many merchant shops will be involved? Who will design the mask? What types of mask are likely to be used? How will the wafers be shot? Please, help enlighten me. I profess total ignorance of the matter, so please, teach me.

24. Jason2k13

Posts: 1440; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

So apple rulz, with that logic, which company does things all by themselves without help by any other company? apple?

5. master-mkk

Posts: 205; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

Nah too slow I want 5ghz

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2099; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I love how this is pushing companies to make great products. Apple within a year or two may not be the GB (Geekbench) Champion. It may sit with Samsung. We'll see...

9. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

All this advancement I'm debating to skip Note 9 and go straight to the S10+. Decisions ... Decisions.

10. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

All this advancement I'm debating to skip Note 9 and go straight to the S10+. Decisions ... Decisions.

11. JCASS889

Posts: 420; Member since: May 18, 2018

I remember my nexus 6 I got that thing over clocked to 3.1ghz, it ran hot and not to well but it was possible.

12. Swsko

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 09, 2018

So what the fk do I do with 3ghz processors. I'm not even fully utilizing the max clock in my s9+. Maybe if you are gaming.

14. Chris_ABN

Posts: 171; Member since: May 16, 2018

I know right. My S9 Plus seems fast enough for anything I throw at it.

20. legiloca

Posts: 1673; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

gaming doesn't utilize the CPU but the GPU dingo.

22. worldpeace

Posts: 3075; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It utilize both.. GPU = shader + tesselation + texture + resolution + effects (bloom, overbright, anti-aliasing, distance blur, etc) CPU = physics + game mechanics + AI For example try to run a game, in PC with Celeron G4900T vs i7 8700K, both use 1080Ti, and exactly same PC setup. The fps difference will be massive. Especially on CPU intensive games like GTA5, and FarCry 5.

25. mootu

Posts: 1321; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"gaming doesn't utilize the CPU but the GPU dingo" You really did just make yourself look like an idiot.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17041; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I might have felt bad for him if he hadn't thrown dingo in at the end.

13. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

the s**t is then does not go past 10 FPS in VR l

23. c.m.s

Posts: 216; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

”Breaking 3GHz” by it self tells you nothing of the chip performance... A chip running a that speed might very well be beaten by a chip running at much slower freqenzy, it all depends on the chip design.

27. Trex95

Posts: 2314; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

3Ghz needs biggest cooling system put on phone ever unless Samsung trims there touchwiz UI and make as light as pixel ad one plus.

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