Samsung 8nm FinFET LPP Process Technology Ready For Production Promising 10% Power Reduction

Samsung today announced that it is ready to start producing semiconductors based on its 8-nanometer FinFET Low Power Plus (LPP) manufacturing process. The company's newest process node provides up to 10 percent lower power consumption compared to its 10nm LPP process, and also takes up 10 percent less space due to a narrower metal pitch, Samsung stated in a press release.

"With the qualification completed three months ahead of schedule, we have commenced 8LPP production," said Ryan Lee, Vice President of Foundry Marketing at Samsung Electronics. "Samsung Foundry continues to expand its process portfolio in order to provide distinct competitive advantages and excellent manufacturability based on what our customers and the market require."

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Samsung sees its 8nm LPP technology providing benefits for a variety of segments, including mobile applications, cryptocurrency, and network/server, along with other high performance applications. Just as importantly, Samsung does not see any major issues arising from producing semiconductors based on this smaller process node, versus the initial growing pains of adopting a 10nm process.

"8LPP will have a fast ramp since it uses proven 10nm process technology while providing better performance and scalability than current 10nm-based products," said RK Chunduru, Senior Vice President of Qualcomm.

Looking down the line, the next step is 7nm EUV (extreme ultra violet), which will prove a bit more challenging. Samsung and rival TSMC are in a race of sorts to use EUV lithography, which comes with the promise of better density, improved speed, and lower power consumption.

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