Samsung’s 2nd-Gen 14LPP FinFET Process With 15% Higher Speed Now in Mass Production
Samsung Electronics announced Thursday that it has begun mass production of its second generation 14nm FinFET process technology.
Charlie Bae, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, System LSI Business, Samsung Electronics, said:
We are pleased to start production of our industry-leading, 2nd generation 14nm FinFET process technology that delivers the highest level of performance and power efficiency. Samsung will continue to offer derivative processes of its advanced 14nm FinFET technology to maintain our technology leadership.
Last year in Q1, Samsung announced the launch of their Exynos 7 Octa 7420 processor built utilizing 14nm LPE (Low-Power Early), the company’s first-gen FinFET manufacturing node. The second generation process called 14LPP (Low-Power Plus) is said to bring unparalleled performance and power efficiency to its Exynos 8 Octa processor.
According to Samsung, the next-gen node delivers up to 15 per cent higher speed and 15 per cent less power consumption over the previous 14nm LPE process thanks to improved transistor structure and process optimizations. Additionally, use of fully-depleted FinFET transistors has allowed the South Korean company to overcome scaling limitations, bringing enhanced manufacturing capabilities.
The 14LPP process is already confirmed to be used in the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor, which is expected to be in a handful of devices by the end of first half of this year. Moreover, with GlobalFoundries licensing Samsung’s process node, AMD’s CPU and GPU products should also be built on the new process technology.