Most mid-range to high-end smartphones this year adopt chipsets built with 14nm and 10nm processes, and it seems that for next year the chipsets used will level up. As one of the chipset manufactures, Samsung has recently announced that it has started production of 11nm chipsets for mid-range and high-end smartphones.
For those of you who are not familiar, the chipset built with the 11nm Low Power Plus (LPP) process is a smaller scale version of the LPP 14nm process used for middle class chips today such as Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630. The good impact is the smaller process it offers a performance boost of up to 15%, using the same power.
The size of the chipset itself will decrease by 10%, which will have an impact on the chipset price drop. For chipsets with 11nm process itself is expected to be available in the first half of 2018.
As for premium smartphone or flagship next year will use a new LPP 7nm chipset built with Extreme Ultra Violet (EUV) litography. For the 7nm chipset itself is expected to be available in the second half of 2018, and that coincides with the availability of Apple’s A12 chipset for iPhone which will be launched in 2018.
According to Samsung Electronics’ Vice President and Head of Foundry Marketing, Ryan Lee, with this Samsung has completed a comprehensive process roadmap ranging from 14nm to 11nm, 10nm, 8nm and 7nm in the next three years. For further details, the company is expected to disclose details on September 15 at the Samsung Foundry Forum event in Japan.
Could the company have plans to plunge into the 6nm process? We look forward to the next news.