Everything goes according to plan. Samsung has announced that the second generation of the 10 nm FinFET process technology is fully ready, and the company will soon begin mass production of lithography chips. The Koreans will ensure that they are ready to handle the order by launching new production lines in one of their factories in the near future.
Mass production of the first chips in 10 nm FinFET LPE lithography began in October last year. Some of the chips that have been produced since then can be found in the Galaxy S8 smartphone. Now Samsung has announced that it is ready to start production of the 10nm FinFET LPP process, which has already passed all the necessary tests and ensures a good yield.
New lithography offers up to 10 percent higher performance or 15 percent lower power consumption compared to 10 nm LPE. According to data from Samsung, mass production should begin in the fourth quarter of this year, primarily due to the need to install a new S3 production line at the Hwaseong plant. By then, the company will continue to use 10nm FinFET LPE.
The Koreans say that 10nm LPP will be used to produce high-end mobile chips, network chips, and other high-performance processors. The third generation of the 10 nm FinFET process called LPU is waiting for us. Its introduction is expected in the second half of 2018.