Samsung just announced that it has successfully completed the development of its next-gen 5nm EUV manufacturing process and it’s ready to ship samples.
Samsung claims that the 5nm node boasts 25% better logic area efficiency with 20% lower power consumption or around 10% higher performance for the same power draw. The 5nm node is based on the same EUV lithography process and it will be manufactured at Samsung’s Hwaseong foundry.
The foundry, by the way, will expand its capacity by the second half of this year and ramp-up production in early 2020.
It’s still too early to tell but given the roadmap of the 7nm process, the company will most probably start mass producing the new chips in 2020, just in time for the next Galaxy S lineup.
In addition to the 5nm, Samsung is also working on a 6nm EUV-based chips in collaboration with some of its customers. Our best guess is that it’s a lower cost process than the 5nm and will be suitable for mid-range to upper mid-range products.
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