Look Out Intel; Samsung Test 14 nm FinFETs
December 21, 2012 12:49 PM
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Qualcomm and other Samsung clients could get a boost from novel power-saving gate design
At the Intel Develop Forum, the world's largest maker of traditional PC central processing units and server chips, Intel Corp. (
) is fond of expressing how it's crushing its rivals in process technology. But by the looks of it the rest of the pack may not be as far behind as Intel would like to have you believe.
On Friday, Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
that it had successfully taped out a 14 nm FinFET transistor chip. For those who don't avidly follow the CPU design industry, most traditional transistors are flat multi-layer designs (think a sandwich). By contrast the FinFET uses a tall wall-like gate, which towers over the nanoscopic surface like a fin. The novel 3D design allows leakage to be significantly reduced -- a key source of loss in reliability and power at sub 40-nm designs.
Intel was the
first player to get FinFETs
, with its 22 nm
launched earlier this year
. It plans to roll over the technology
into its mobile offerings
next year. But by the sound of it Samsung won't be far behind.
Samsung worked with a chip-optimizing firm called Synopsys to perfect the difficult process of producing the delicate FinFETs at such a small node.
A MOSFET FinFET [Image Source: Brews Ohare/Wikipedia]
Samsung LSI vice president Dr. Kyu-Myung Choi cheers, "FinFET transistors can deliver lower power consumption and higher device performance, but they also bring tough challenge. We chose Synopsys as our FinFET collaboration partner to solve these challenges, because of our successful history together at 20 nanometer and other nodes. We continue to pool our expertise to deliver innovative FinFET solutions."
Synopsys's expertise helped Samsung characterize the prototype chips and to remove so-called "parasitic" impurities.
The chipmaking duo did not announce a time frame for commercial rollout. But when Samsung does achieve commercial mass-production of 14 nm FinFETs, one interested party will surely be Qualcomm, Inc. (
) whose SnapDragon 4 system-on-a-chip (SoC) design Samsung
recently began producing
monolithic Texas chipmaking facilities
Samsung [press release]
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RE: World Dominance
12/22/2012 12:35:13 AM
Samsung is really good at lying about the power usage of its SSDs.
Samsung, for instance, claims .13 watts as the load power usage for the 830 series and .15 watts for the 840.
Anandtech's own charts, used in the review of the Neutron, show the highest power usage of all of them for the 830.
Funny how no one bothers to call them out on their lies.
RE: World Dominance
12/22/2012 9:13:19 AM
Planty do make that call but any truths pointed out about Samsung ( for example, that the owners are a family of crooks) is something immediately seen as pro-a-certain-competitor.
What chance others are keeping their powder very dry and are not crass propaganda machines? It's not lik e Samsung haven't ripped off competitors in every realm they operate in (ask Hyundai, Boss Trucks, Mitsubishi, Sony, LG, Fujitsu...)
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