After we have advanced here that South Korea was already investing (quite) in the next big evolution in the process of building processors, here's the news! Now, in a press release, Samsung announces its partnership with US Qualcomm. Partnership that will put both giants in close cooperation to achieve new 5G speeds and new processors at 7nm (nanometers).
The announcement devotes long lines and careful paragraphs to extending the partnership, already a decade old, focusing on ultra-violet from now on. Yes, in EUV (extreme ultra violet), technology used in the new lithograph (construction of processors) at 7nm LPP (Low Power Plus).
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This 7nm LPP (Low Power Plus) technology will now be used to build new chips, components, modems and processors from Qualcomm. All of these components will already target 5G connection support, the next standard for telecommunications speeds.
Now both Samsung and Qualcomm are committed to expanding their investment in the production of chips and semiconductors. All this so that soon the first components may appear as 7nm processors (the current ones use the standard 10nm). Today is an important partnership that brings us a little closer to 5G reality.
Samsung and Qualcomm, collaboration with 5G and 7nm in mind
Note that both Samsung and Qualcomm have long collaborated on several occasions. Particularly in the construction of 14nm and more recently 10nm processors. The exchange of information. Mutual development of new construction processes and resource optimization. Precious knowledge that has united these two giants. Now "We are excited to continue to expand our proximity and collaboration relationship with Qualcomm Technologies on 5G technologies using our EUV process. ". Statements by Charlie Bae, head of Samsung's sales and marketing department.
We also know from Samsung's statement that Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile processors / platforms already ready for 5G will be even smaller. Their physical dimensions will be smaller and smaller, something that will be possible due to the use of the 7nm construction powered by the Samsung process.
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This will enable manufacturers to make greater use of the internal space of smartphones. Whether to put a battery with larger capacity. Whether to create slimmer and sleek smartphones. Above all, Qualcomm's new 5G-ready processors built with 7nm lithography will be more powerful and less energy consuming.
It should also be noted that Samsung's 7nm construction process is expected to be slightly higher than that of rival TSMC (a Taiwan-based semi-conductor company). The development of EUV (extreme ultra violet) technology / lithography should surpass Moore's law and pave the way for new semiconductor scales and production methods.
According to South Korea itself, its 7LPP EUV process for 7nm components will not only allow the rapid development of 5G chips. It will also reduce the complexity of the entire process. With fewer intermediate steps compared to your current 10nm FinFET process.
Samsung also promises that the 7nm process will bring a 40% increase in utilization of the occupied area. It will also bring a 35% improvement in energy efficiency (energy consumption). Lastly, it will have a 10% increase in performance.
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