Friday, February 21st 2020

Samsung Electronics Begins Mass Production at New EUV Manufacturing Line

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced that its new cutting-edge semiconductor fabrication line in Hwaseong, Korea, has begun mass production.

The facility, V1, is Samsung's first semiconductor production line dedicated to the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography technology and produces chips using process node of 7 nanometer (nm) and below. The V1 line broke ground in February 2018, and began test wafer production in the second half of 2019. Its first products will be delivered to customers in the first quarter.
"Along with technology leadership and design infrastructure, manufacturing excellence is one of the most important elements of the foundry business," said Dr. ES Jung, President and Head of Foundry Business at Samsung Electronics. "As we ramp up production, the V1 line will enhance our ability to respond to market demand and expand opportunities to support our customers."

The V1 line is currently producing state-of-the-art mobile chips with 7 and 6 nm process technology and will continue to adopt finer circuitry up to the 3 nm process node.

By the end of 2020, the cumulative total investment in the V1 line will reach USD 6 billion in accordance with Samsung's plan and the total capacity from 7 nm and below process node is expected to triple from that of 2019. Together with the S3 line, the V1 line is expected to play a pivotal role in responding to fast-growing global market demand for single-digit node foundry technologies.

As semiconductor geometries grow smaller, the adoption of EUV lithography technology has become increasingly important, as it enables scaling down of complex patterns on wafers and provides an optimal choice for next-generation applications such as 5G, AI, and Automotive.

With the V1 line in operation, Samsung now has a total of six foundry production lines in South Korea and the United States, including five 12-inch lines and one 8-inch line. (see below)
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4 Comments on Samsung Electronics Begins Mass Production at New EUV Manufacturing Line

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cucker tarlson
Lower tier ampere will get a new cutting edge fabrication line while tsmc 7nm will be used for bigger chips only.
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Anymal
Rumor or the fact?
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dj-electric
cucker tarlson
Lower tier ampere will get a new cutting edge fabrication line while tsmc 7nm will be used for bigger chips only.
Seems like. It's beyond a reasonable doubt by now to expect these GPUs to be absolutely nuts in compute to power ratio. Can't wait to see what comes out.
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theoneandonlymrk
cucker tarlson
Lower tier ampere will get a new cutting edge fabrication line while tsmc 7nm will be used for bigger chips only.
Ampere is likely on Tsmc and meant purely for enterprise late 2020 ,Tu next 106 and Tu 104 might see a refresh here to measure the fab in 2020 q4 when 7nm Hp possibly ramps, optimise the use of the design for a proper low end and laptop refresh, leaving Tsmc to make hopper for their high end consumer and some enterprise edge cases around 2021 , IMHO.
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