Samsung, Dream Chip ready to drive automotive sector down to 8nm

October 15, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
Samsung, Dream Chip ready to drive automotive sector down to 8nm
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. plans to extend its automotive process nodes to 8nm in the "near future," the company said at an event held in Munich, Germany. And Samsung design partner Dream Chip Technologies GmbH (Hannover, Germany) is ready to help.

Samsung issued a statement saying it is currently producing several automotive semiconductor products such as driving assistant and infotainment systems, mainly based on its 28nm FDSOI and 14nm process nodes. In order to respond to increasing customer inquiries, Samsung plans to expand its automotive process nodes to 8nm FinFET.

While the move to 8nm, the last node prior to extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography, could be desirable for infotainment and some ADAS applications, it is notable that there is, as yet, no embedded non-volatile memory option at either 14nm or 8nm. Even on 28nm FDSOI memory options are not straightforward and tend to use novel options such as magnetic RAM or phase-change memory.

Samsung said it has proven its ability to design circuits as IP cores to meet automotive standards, and had received ISO 26262 certification for functional safety in automotive components from TÜV Rheinland. Complying with reliability standard AEC-Q100 and IATF 16969 quality management system, it is also preparing for automotive semiconductor production.

At the SFF Samsung also showcased its technology support for 5G, IoT and high performance computing (HPC).

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