Samsung’s 6nm and 7nm chips start mass production, the next step is to break through the 3nm barrier?

According to Samsung’s plan, by the end of 2020, the cumulative total investment in the V1 production line will reach 6 billion US dollars, and the total production capacity of 7nm and below process nodes is expected to triple from 2019. The current plan is to start delivering its based on the first quarter. 6nm and 7nm mobile chips.

It is understood that the V1 production line broke ground in February 2018, and began to test wafer production in the second half of 2019, and its first products will be delivered to customers in the first quarter of this year.

Samsung kicked off the 7nm chip milestone in May 2018, and in August 2019 launched the Exynos 9825 chipset built on the 7nm EUV process, the same processor on the Korean version of the Galaxy Note10.

Going forward, Samsung will focus on its 4nm and 5nm chip development, with an eye toward breaking the 3nm barrier in the next few years.

It is understood that with the V1 production line put into use, Samsung now has a total of 6 production lines in South Korea and the United States, of which 5 are located in South Korea and 1 is located in the United States (Austin, Texas), the latter being Qualcomm, Intel and Nvidia etc. to provide services.

In addition, the total investment that Samsung factories will receive by the end of this year is estimated to be around $6 billion. This will also lead to a tripling of the production line’s capacity from last year. Likewise, its other fabrication facilities (such as S1, S3) are also capable of synthesizing sub-10nm wafers that are currently in high demand.

According to the plan, of the 133 trillion won investment, 73 trillion won is for technology research and development, and 60 trillion won is for the construction of fab infrastructure, which is expected to create 15,000 jobs, and Samsung’s goal is by 2030 Not only to maintain the lead in memory chips, but also to become the leader in logic chips.

According to Samsung, the EUV lithography process is the technology behind it and is critical for creating more complex patterns on wafers. In addition, chips made with this advanced process will serve a variety of different purposes, such as 5G networks, artificial intelligence, and more. As of now, the company has six such production lines and has secured orders from industry giants such as Qualcomm, Baidu, NVIDIA, and even Intel.

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