The first 10-nm production process is already being used in the Samsung Galaxy S8 with the new Exynos SoC, the second is now ready for series production. Samsung promises a higher performance and lower power consumption, as usual with the always second ranked performance offshoot of the production.
10LPP follows 10LPE
Samsung adheres to the classic scheme: an early process (LPE, low power early) for the first walking tests follows the performance offshoot for LPP (Low Power Performance), with the option of even lower power consumption. The Radeon RX 580 and the 570 (Test) are the third offshoot (LPP +) of the 14-nm-production of Samsung / Globalfoundries, but the previous production (14 nm LPP) Border situations.
Samsung is the first time at AMD’s third generation of 14nm chips, as Globalfoundries with its 14nm factory in the US is likely to fail to meet the demand for graphics chips as well as the new Ryzen processors. Samsung is also producing graphics chips for Nvidia in 14 nm (GP107), SoCs are produced for various manufacturers by the foundry division in 14 nm but also already 10 nm LPE – like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 (test).
Ten percent more power or a 15 percent lower power consumption, Samsung promises 10LPP 10LPE, which has been produced in series since October 2016 and is currently installed in this form among other things in the smartphone Galaxy S8. The qualification of the second 10 nm process with the same scaling properties has been completed and the product ready for mass production, according to the current announcement. Eh the new process is however hochgefahren, should be some time pass. The foundry division has yet to make additional capacities available for the new production. For the fourth quarter, an additional production line in Hwaseong, South Korea, will produce chips of this type.