Samsung has announced that it is working with ARM to bring to market 5nm and 7nm chips that can be clocked to over 3GHz. Using ARM’s Artisan IP and Samsung’s Foundry knowhow, the two companies will be working together to bring speedier chips to the market.
The new chips will be using Samsung’s 7LPP (7nm Low Power Plus) and 5LPE (5nm Low Power Early) manufacturing technologies. The new production technology in Samsung Foundry will be used in ARM’s next Cortex core, the A76. Current generation SoCs such as the Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810 are using the 10nm process.
Smaller transistors with higher count per square inch in a smaller package is part of the manufacturing upgrade. This will allow a multitude of benefits which includes better power consumption, higher clock speeds and optimised processing performance. The speedier core will also benefit applications such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning right on the device itself.
Samsung and ARM are targeting 7nm core production to start at the end of the year, with the 5nm production to follow. This, in turn, indicates that the first products using the new A76 cores may appear sometime in the first half of 2019; coincidentally, this is also when the new Samsung Galaxy S10 is expected to be introduced, so we may see the new faster core used in the Exynos version of next year’s flagship smartphone.