Samsung Foundry begins production of second 10nm process

November 29, 2017 // By Peter Clarke
Samsung Foundry has started mass production of systems-on-chip (SoC) products built on its second generation 10nm FinFET process, called 10LPP (low power plus).

The 10LPP process technology allows up to 10 percent higher performance or 15 percent lower power consumption compared Samsung's first generation 10nm process technology, called 10LPE (low power early).

SoCs designed with the 10LPP process technology will be used in equipment scheduled to launch early next year and are expected to become more widely available during 2018.

"We will be able to better serve our customers through the migration from 10LPE to 10LPP with improved performance and higher initial yield," said Ryan Lee, vice president of foundry marketing at Samsung Electronics. Lee said Samsung would work on moving the 10nm technology to 8nm in the 8LPP process, but gave no timetable.

Samsung also announced that its newest manufacturing line, S3, located in Hwaseong, Korea, is ready to ramp up production of process technologies including 10nm and below. S3 is the third fab of Samsung's Foundry Business, following S1 in Giheung, Korea and S2 in Austin, USA. Samsung's 7nm FinFET process technology with EUV (Extreme Ultra Violet) will also be mass produced at S3.

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