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Complete 3nm process development in 2020, what are the killers of Samsung in the 5G era?

2019 is a year in which 5G technology is well known and contacted by consumers. At the beginning of this year, Samsung released the first 5G commercial mobile phone Galaxy S105G version, which is the first to provide consumers with a terminal product that can feel the 5G network.

Why can Samsung provide 5G products so quickly, which is related to the efforts made in the research and development and upgrade of 5G technology. Recently, at the Samsung 5G Technology Forum, it shared the technical information of Samsung in the 5G era with Jiwei. Let's take a look at what Samsung has upgraded in 5G.

Self-developed 5G chip and 3nm are coming next year

In early September 2019, Samsung Electronics released its first integrated 5G chip Exynos980. The chip uses an 8nm process to combine a 5G communication modem with a high-performance mobile AP (ApplicationProcessor). In the past "Samsung Foundry Forum" SFF meeting, Samsung once again announced the progress of its new generation of technology, the micro-network learned that 3nm process will be completed next year.

According to Samsung 5G R&D technicians, at the 3nm node, Samsung will switch from FinFET transistors to GAA surround gate transistors. The 3nm process uses the first generation of GAA transistors, which is officially called the 3GAE process. Based on the new GAA transistor structure, Samsung has created a MBCFET (Multi-Bridge-ChannelFET) using nanochip devices, which can significantly enhance transistor performance and replace FinFET transistor technology.

In addition, MBCFET technology is compatible with existing FinFET manufacturing process technologies and equipment to accelerate process development and production. Compared to the current 7nm process, the 3nm process reduces core area by 45 percent, power consumption by 50 percent, and performance by 35 percent. In terms of process progress, Samsung has already produced 7nm chips at the S3Line plant in Hwaseong, South Korea in April this year. It is expected to complete 4nm process development within this year and 3nm process development is expected in 2020.

End-to-end 5G solution

In the 5G era, Samsung is the first echelon in terms of technology and products. The specific advantages are reflected in the following points:

First, in terms of patents, Samsung's 5G patents are abundant; second, in the 3GPP working group, Samsung has a total of 12 presidents or vice-chairmen; third, in the betting and research and development of millimeter-wave technology, Samsung tested The millimeter wave coverage covers a distance of more than 1km from the line of sight, and the non-line-of-sight coverage reaches several hundred meters. At the same time, it can be used in the urban dense area and the existing 4G base station.

At present, Samsung has three chips, Modem, power chip, and RF chip, and all of them are ready for mass production; network equipment includes 5G base station and 5G router (indoor and outdoor). Samsung's end-to-end product services in the 5G market include end-to-end network equipment RF chips, terminal chips, terminals, wireless networks, core networks, and network planning software.

I believe that in the future 5G era, Samsung is ready to let us look forward to the coming of new technologies.