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Samsung Introduces 8nm Chip Process Tech

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Samsung Electronics, which has been on the wheel of developing advanced chip technology, introduces an 8-nanometer (nm) process technology for radio frequency (RF) chips to expand its foundry service for 5G mobile semiconductors.

The company proclaimed that its 8nm foundry can produce 5G single chip RF solutions that support frequencies from sub-6 GHz to millimetre wave.

Regarded as one of the world’s largest memory chip makers, with the help of multi-channel and multi-antenna chip designs, this cutting-edge foundry technology is projected to provide a ‘one chip solution’ for 5G communications. Its 8nm RF platform extension is projected to boost the company's 5G semiconductor industry leadership from sub-6GHz to mmWave applications.

The RF incorporated circuit in the 8nm is said to enhance a power efficiency of 35 percent, while reducing the chip area by 35 percent.

In addition, the company is said to have deployed a self-developed RF extreme FET semiconductor device that accelerates the electron motions to reduce resistance, increase power consumption including the degradation of amplification power.

“We've reinforced our next-generation wireless communication offerings through excellence in innovation and process manufacturing. Samsung's 8nm RF will be a terrific choice for consumers looking for long battery life and good signal quality on tiny mobile devices as the 5G mmWave standard advances”, stated Hyung Jin Lee, Master of Foundry Technology Development Team, Samsung Electronics

According to the company, such a solution can reduce the number of transistors and power consumption> while also reducing the area of an analogue circuit.

With the new chip packaging approach, the South Korean tech giant said it will strive to put more chips into one package while investigating how to deal with interposer warpage and thermal expansion through material and thickness modifications.

Samsung's 8nm RF process technology is the newest addition to the company's already broad RF portfolio, which includes 28nm and 14nm-based RF. Since 2017, the company has shipped over 500 million mobile RF chips for luxury smartphones, cementing its RF market leadership.

“We've reinforced our next-generation wireless communication offerings through excellence in innovation and process manufacturing. Samsung's 8nm RF will be a terrific choice for consumers looking for long battery life and good signal quality on tiny mobile devices as the 5G mmWave standard advances”, stated Hyung Jin Lee, Master of Foundry Technology Development Team, Samsung Electronics.

According to Kim, Samsung will focus this year on bolstering its technology leadership in the chip sector.

Samsung plans to mass-produce third generation 5nm devices and enhance its 3nm node process technology in the foundry business, where it is striving to catch up to industry leader TSMC, according to the Yonhap news agency.

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