Items tagged with 10nm

One of the greatest obstacles standing between chip manufacturers and the pursuit of smaller, faster, processors is the lack of a proper light source. Current chips are etched using a deep ultraviolet wavelength of 193nm, but at a 28nm semiconductor process geometry, we've reached the limits of what a 193nm wavelength is small enough to etch, even when using immersion lithography (in which the chip is immersed in water). Extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) has been pegged as the most likely replacement for current 193nm technology, but repeated problems with ramping EUV have left it stalled on... Read more...
Samsung this week announced that it has begun mass producing a 128-gigabit (Gb), 3-bit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chip using a 10nm-class process technology, which equates to somewhere between 10nm and 20nm. These chips will lead to high-density memory solutions such as embedded NAND storage and solid state drives (SSDs). According to Samsung, these are the industry's highest density chips and also the best performing with 400Mbps data transfers based on the toggle DDR 2.0 interface. What that translates into for the consumer are bigger and faster storage solutions. "By introducing... Read more...
Samsung today introduced a next-generation 64GB embedded multimedia card (eMMC) manufactured using 10 nanometer (nm)-class process technology. You read that right -- it's using 10nm-class chips, which can refer to any process between 10nm and 19nm. Embedded memory plays a critical role in today's tablets and smartphones, and according to Samsung, it's new eMMC card is 20 percent thinner than the previous generation and will allow for even slimmer devices than what already exists. "The new high-speed, small form factor eMMC reinforces Samsung’s technology leadership in storage memory solutions.... Read more...
Samsung, the world's most active memory chip maker, announced today that it's begun constructing a new facility in Xi'an, China that will make use of advanced 10-nanometer class technology in producing NAND flash memory chips. The South Korean company said it's investing $2.3 billion in the new fab, marking the single largest investment by Samsung in China with a phased total investment of $7 billion. "It is a great honor to announce our groundbreaking at Xi'an, a city of tremendous historic and academic significance, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and... Read more...
Trusted sources we've spoken to in the semiconductor industry have implied that TSMC is considering a partnership with Apple that would realign the manufacturer's technology roadmap and fundamentally alter the balance of power between the foundry and its other customers. Morris Chang, TSMC's CEO, spoke about the possibility of closer collaboration with its customers in general terms last Friday, but at the time we thought the likelihood of an Apple alliance was unlikely. We've since been given reason to think otherwise. A dedicated alliance with Apple that gives the company first access to 20nm... Read more...
Trusted sources we've spoken to in the semiconductor industry have implied that TSMC is considering a partnership with Apple that would realign the manufacturer's technology roadmap and fundamentally alter the balance of power between the foundry and its other customers. Morris Chang, TSMC's CEO, spoke about the possibility of closer collaboration with its customers in general terms last Friday, but at the time we thought the likelihood of an Apple alliance was unlikely. We've since been given reason to think otherwise. A dedicated alliance with Apple that gives the company first access to... Read more...