CPUs are a vital part of any technology, especially in our smartphones where efficiency is a must.Samsung is remaining committed to producing more efficient chips, announcing it has begun production of its 2nd generation 10-nanometer FinFET technology.
Samsung’s 2nd generation technology is built on what they call 10LPP (Low Power Plus). This new process will allow for more efficient mobile chips than the ones that we already have.
10LPP technology will allow up to “10-percent higher performance or 15-percent lower power consumption compared to its first generation 10nm process,” according to Samsung’s press release. Since this new technology is based on the company’s existing process, this should reduce production time—and have higher initial yields.
7nm manufacturing lines from TSMC, Samsung, and GlobalFoundries are all expected to be up and running next year, ready to roll out more efficient processors and other ICs for next generation products. Intel is running …
Products using this technology should be available early next year, and become more widely available as the year goes on. In other words, this is good news for anyone who plans on buying a 2018 smartphone. Samsung’s foundries not only produce its own Exynos chips but also produce 10nm Qualcomm products.
Samsung is committed to improving its 10nm technology, continuing this trend with 8LPP, which is promised to be even more power efficient than the 10LPP process.
In addition, the company also announced its latest manufacturing plant, named “S3,” which will produce 10nm products, as well as, future 7nm EUV (Extreme Ultra Violet) chips.
What this means is that new mobile CPUs built on this process will, in theory, consume even less power, while still performing faster than existing products. Not a surprise, given that there has been a focus on efficiency—especially from competitors like Apple, whose A11 Bionic has four low power cores. CPUs are growing more powerful every year, but chip makers realize that there has to be a balance between power consumption and performance. It’s good to see that Samsung is keeping efficiency a priority.