Samsung foundry has reportedly bagged contract to fabricate Qualcomm’s subsequent flagship chipset, Snapdragon 865. Earlier, Samsung additionally manufactured Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 835 for Qualcomm, however TSMC bagged contracts for Snapdragon 845 and Snapdragon 855.
Samsung began mass manufacturing on its 7nm EUV course of late final yr additionally allegedly manufactures Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G Modems. The 7nm EUV course of is claimed to yield considerably higher PPA (energy, efficiency, and space) which is an important metric for Smartphone chips makers.
Why is 7nm EUV course of higher?
Samsung says that at similar complexities, its 7nm LPP EUV ( Extreme ultraviolet lithography) course of ensures 40% space discount and 50% decrease energy consumption or a 20% greater efficiency than 10nm LPE. Or in different phrases, Samsung can pack in additional transistors and scale back energy consumption.
Using EUV additionally ensures 20% discount whole variety of masks and in clearer circuits on the wafer (higher constancy).
Samsung has moreover developed a proprietary EUV masks inspection device that helps detect defects in early manufacturing phases, consequently bettering the tip yield.
Qualcomm reportedly agrees that Samsung’s 7nm mode is extra superior than TSMC’s 7nm course of.
Aerial view of Samsungs EUV Fab in Hwaseong
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TSMC Still has Apple A13 and Kirin 985
EUV isn’t unique to Samsung foundries. In reality, TSMC was the primary to make use of Extreme Ultraviolet lithography and is already manufacturing Apple A13 utilizing its second technology 7nm EUV course of. It’s additionally manufacturing Samsung’s Android
The EUV tech has been in improvement since 1985 and can simplify the design strategy of complicated chips transferring ahead. Samsung just lately additionally introduced that it has accomplished 5nm EUV improvement and the know-how is prepared for buyer samples. That’s in all probability the method node we’d see on Snapdragon 875.