Samsung announced mass production of a SoC built on its third-generation 10nm “10LPE” process, as the first coming in the industry.
The company said that compared to the 14-nanometer process, performance increase was 27 percent while energy consumption was 40 percent less. The process will also allow 30 percent more chips per wafer.
Samsung said it applied triple patterning, where patterns of the circuit were drawn on the wafer before cutting, but this was done three times for precision, which is crucial for designing chips to be smaller.
The current 1st generation process will be improved further so Samsung can launch commercial products using a 2nd generation process next year.