Samsung has revealed its foundry’s roadmap for the next few years, which includes the development of a low-cost 14nm FinFET process (14LPC), with hopes that it can pass on those savings to its customers, and a new 10nm process (10LPP) that increases performance by up to 10% over its previous 10LPE process.
Samsung foundry’s process technology roadmap for the coming years includes:
- 28nm: addition of RF and eNVM technology to our 28FDS baseline. RF will be available this year and eNVM will be rolled out in phases in 2017 and 2018;
- 14nm: 3rd generation 14LPC offering which provides a lower cost option, without design rule changes or performance sacrifice. To enable connectivity features, we are also introducing RF add-on to 14LPC this year. We have also expanded solutions on our 14nm FinFET to cover product applications in the Networking/Server and Automotive segments;
- 10nm: 2nd generation 10nm with higher performance over 10LPE will be introduced. We call this 10LPP. 10LPP will come with 10% speed boost, maintaining design results with 10LPE;
- 7nm: we have already begun work on our cost optimized 7LPP node which comes with very competitive PPA scaling;
- 8” matured node: keeping in mind there are still ample of new designs and applications that can take advantage of 8in technology, we are opening up our differentiated 8in technologies ranging from 180nm to 65nm, covering eFlash, Power devices, Image sensors and High voltage processes.
“There are always concerns about trading off cost versus performance,” Kelvin Low, Samsung’s Senior Director of Foundry Marketing, told EE Times. “LPC has the same PDK of [14nm] LPP. The number of steps has been reduced […]That allows us to achieve a lower cost point on manufacturing and we decide to share that with our customers.”
“We think 10nm will be a much longer node than other foundries are claiming it will be. We think 7nm has to be defined and optimized to be cost effective to the masses, not just the high margin products,” he added. “EUV is an important enabler for a 7m cost affordable node.”