Samsung starts production of 10nm system-on-a-chip products

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Samsung said it has become the first company to mass-produce system-on-a-chip products using 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET technology.

The new process enables Samsung to increase area efficiency, compared to its 14nm predecessor, by as much as 30 percent, with 27 percent higher performance or 40 percent lower power consumption. The South Korean electronics giant said it plans “to cultivate a robust 10nm foundry ecosystem” including reference flow verification, IPs and libraries.

“The industry’s first mass production of 10nm FinFET technology demonstrates our leadership in advanced process technology,” said Jong Shik Yoon, head of Samsung’s Foundry Business, in a prepared statement. “We will continue our efforts to innovate scaling technologies and provide differentiated total solutions to our customers.”

Indeed, Samsung became the first company to mass-produce a FinFET mobile application processor in January 2015, and the company was tapped by Qualcomm last year as a partner to manufacturer the Snapdragon 820 chipset.

Samsung didn’t offer any specifics about which products might be powered by SoCs that will be created using the new process, saying only that it “will be used in digital devices launching nearly next year,” with more devices slated to come to market throughout 2017. Samsung maintains a close relationship with Qualcomm, though, and Samsung’s FinFET-produced chip may well find its way into Samsung’s next flagship, likely to be the S8.

Qualcomm said it will develop “a variety of derivative processes to meet the needs of a wide range of applications” for its 10nm technology. The company is also producing process design kits and IP design kits for use by third parties.