While Intel has been having issues with the 10nm process and it has been delayed 3 times already, Samsung has been able to get to the 7nm process and now we have got details regarding the Samsung 5nm process. Not only that but Samsung also revealed details regarding the 4nm and 3nm process. Chips will get getting smaller and more power efficient which means lower power consumption and higher battery life.
The Samsung 5nm process or the 5nm Low Power Early will be a cut-down version of the 7nm process with improved power consumption. After that Samsung will be moving onto the 4nm Low Power Early and Low Power Plus processes. The 4nm process will be the last generation to feature FinFET technology.
The 7nm LPP is the first semiconductor process to use EUV lithography solution and will be ready to be mass produced in the second half of 2018. TSMC and Globalfoundries have also announced similar plans and will be starting production in 2019.
3nm process nodes will adopt GAA which is the next-generation device architecture. This has been done in order to overcome the physical scaling and performance limitations of the FinFET architecture. Samsung is developing its GAA technology, MBCFET (Multi-Bridge-Channel FET) that uses a nano-sheet device. Samsung claims that the performance of 3nm nodes will be significantly improved.
According to Charlie Bae, executive vice president and head of Foundry Sales & Marketing:
“The trend toward a smarter, connected world has the industry demanding more from silicon providers,”
It is exciting to know that we already know about the Samsung 5nm process as well as the 4nm and 3 nm process before 7nm even hits production. This means that Samsung is way ahead in the future and has thought things out. It should be interesting to see what kind of performance benefits these upcoming chips will have to offer as compared to the ones that we have on the market right now.
Keeping all this in mind, Intel really needs to catch up and get up to speed with their processes as well.
Let us know what you think about the Samsung 5nm process and whether or not this is something that you are interested in.