The path at the end of Moore’s law is a winding one – today Samsung announced that it will be producing 11nm chips for high-end and mid-range phones. This is a Low Power Plus (LPP) process that is a scaled down version of the 14nm LPP process used for chips like the Snapdragon 660 and 630.
It promises up to 15% boost in performance with the same power use. The chip area will be reduced by 10%, meaning the manufacturing price of chips will fall. Expect the first 11nm chipsets to come out in the first half of 2018.
The premium phones of next year will be using the new 7nm LPP chips built with Extrem Ultra Violet (EUV) litography. Those chips will come out in the second half of 2018, right on time for the Apple A12 and the new iPhones.
“Through this, Samsung has completed a comprehensive process roadmap spanning from 14nm to 11nm, 10nm, 8nm, and 7nm in the next three years,” says Ryan Lee, Vice President and Head of Foundry Marketing at Samsung Electronics.
Expect more details on September 15 from the Samsung Foundry Forum in Japan. Perhaps we’ll get to hear more about the company’s 6nm plans.