Samsung has announced that development of the new 7nm manufacturing process has been completed a whole six months ahead of schedule. The company is be expected to use the new manufacturing process for Qualcomm’s next flagship chipset, as well as its own in the coming months.
Future flagship smartphones can expect better battery life with chipsets built on the 7nm process. Power consumption will also be more efficient, while raw chipset performance naturally will increase. The shift to a smaller manufacturing process is expected to break new ground in both these areas.
Samsung was expected to complete its development for the 7nm foundry sometime in the third quarter of 2018, but it has managed to finish the cycle six months early. The extreme ultraviolet exposure equipment (EUV) used in the new process is expected to be ready for mass production by the second half of the year, with Qualcomm expected to share its design and samples of the Qualcomm 855 to Samsung for mass production.
Naturally, Samsung will also utilise the same foundry process for its own Exynos line of SoCs. At the same time, Samsung was also reported to be in development of a 5nm foundry process, running parallel with the adoption of the 7nm foundry process – though the deployment of such a sophisticated manufacturing process will take longer to complete.