Samsung Electronics, one of the key players in the technology industry is currently working on pushing an advanced semiconductor technology. The company announced today that they have started mass production of a SoC which would be utilizing the 10-nanometer FinFET technology. The first generation of SoC has been titled 10LPE. The interesting bit is the fact that this would be the first SoC in the industry that would be manufactured on a 10nm process.
The news comes after Samsung successfully produced the first FinFET based application processor for mobiles in January of 2015. Speaking to the media, Jong Shik Yoon who heads the Foundry Business at Samsung stated that this would be the first mass production of a SoC that would be utilizing the 10nm FinFET technology. Furthermore, Yoon also stated that Samsung could continue innovating and providing differentiated solutions to their consumers.
In order to manufacture the SoC, Samsung has utilized an advanced three-dimensional transistor structure which has made the SoC well equipped with process technology as well as design enablement., In comparison to its predecessor which was manufactured using a 14nm FinFET technology, there would be a substantial increase of over 30 percent in terms of area efficiency while a significant improvement of about 27 percent in the performance department. Additionally, the newly manufactured SoC would also consume 40 percent less power from its older counterpart. In order to overcome the limitations in scaling, Samsung has utilized newly developed techniques which include triple-patterning which would allow bidirectional routing while still retaining the design and flexibility in routing that was present in the prior nodes.
Samsung has also unveiled its roadmap, stating that first generation of processors 10LPE are already in the manufacturing zone whereas, the second generation, 10LPP which is expected to be equipped with a substantial performance boost would be unveiled in the second half of 2017. The company intends to incorporate these processor chips in a wide variety of applications and has stated that in collaboration with its consumers and partners, the company intends to cultivate a proper 10nm foundry ecosystem. This would thereby allow the inclusion of reference flow verification along with IPs and libraries.
According to the company SoC utilizing the 10nm process technology are expected to be launched early next year with widespread availability being promised as the year progresses.