Production begins for 10nm FinFET SoC
Mass production of SoC products with 10nm FinFET technology, has begun. Samsung believes it is the first in the industry. It follows the company’s introduction of the industry’s first FinFET mobile application processor in 2015.
The process (10LPE) adopts an advanced 3D transistor structure with enhancements in process technology and design enablement compared to its 14nm predecessor. As a result, it allows up to 30 per cent increase in area efficiency, with 27 per cent higher performance, or 40 per cent lower power consumption. To overcome scaling limitations, cutting edge techniques such as triple-patterning for bi-directional routing are also used to retain design and routing flexibility from prior nodes.
Through collaboration with customers and partners, the company aims to cultivate a 10nm foundry ecosystem that includes reference flow verification, IPs and libraries.
Production level process design kits (PDK) and IP design kits are currently available for design starts.
SoCs with 10nm process technology will be used in digital devices launching early next year and are expected to become more widely available throughout 2017.