Samsung and ARM jointly develop powerful 7 nm chips

This alliance reaches and surpasses the 3 GHz barrier in the processing of smartphones with powerful cores for the first time.

Samsung and ARM jointly develop powerful 7 nm chips

Samsung and ARM, two of the world’s largest chip companies, announced an industry alliance to develop the future mobile microprocessor architecture that offers more than 3 GHz performance and high-performance cores based on the popular Cortex A76 ARM technology.

This alliance recognizes Samsung not only as one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world, but also as a manufacturer of processing hardware for mobile devices, as it has defined its trade route in this segment in recent years and offers mass production services to large companies that have shown interest in its current curriculum profile.

The South Korean manufacturer wants to make its next chip, possibly from the Exynos family, even more powerful than its predecessors and the current winner of the race, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, which reaches a speed of 2.8 GHz and is thus the high-end mobile phone on the market. To break through the 3 GHz barrier, Samsung has turned to the technology of the Cortex A76 ARM chip, which has the potential to trigger such frequencies.

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ARM’s Artisan Physical IP platform will also play an important role in this collaborative project, as it has a lot to do with this development of processors. Its advantages are first seen in the 7 nanometers of Samsung, known as 7LPP (7nm Low Power Plus), and later in 5 nanometers, under the name 5LPE (5nm Low Power Early). In other words, the work of both companies goes beyond their traditional product offering, which includes features such as ARM’s innovative DinamIQ organization architecture, which is known in several advanced chips on the market.

Samsung and ARM have joined forces to make the Exynos processors of the future the most powerful in history and overcome the 3 GHz barrier.

Samsung and ARM jointly develop powerful 7 nm chips
A press release from the South Korean company Samsung points out that after completion of the architecture, the devices will be produced in the latest Samsung factory in Hwaseong, officially Hwaseong City, in Gyeonggi Province in the north of the Republic of South Korea, where they invested a surprising $6 billion in infrastructure modernization including equipment, systems, and human resources alone.

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“Building a comprehensive and differentiated design ecosystem is a must for our manufacturing customers,” said Ryan Sanghyun Lee, Vice President of Foundry Marketing at Samsung Electronics, in the press release. “Working with the ARM on IP solutions is critical to increasing the high performance of computing power and accelerating the growth of artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities,” he said.

Kelvin Low, Vice President of Physical Design at the ARM, said: “The Samsung and ARM factory was involved in a number of chip solutions that use Artisan Physical IP through Samsung’s processes and technologies. Samsung’s 7LPP and 5LPE nodes are innovative processing technologies that meet the common needs of your customers and offer them the next generation of advanced chips (SoC) for mobile and hyperscale data centers,” he added.

The two companies have invested $6 billion to modernize the production complex in Hwaseong City, Gyeonggi Province, North-South Korea, where the next 7-nanometer Exynos processors will be manufactured.
Samsung and ARM jointly develop powerful 7 nm chips
Much has been said that production would start this year, but to date, none of the companies has said anything about it. The truth is that ARM and Samsung will manufacture the next chip in a 7-nanometer process, thanks to the use of EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography), which is based on the use of ultraviolet light to achieve higher precision in the manufacture of the processors.

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This suggests that this will be the processor of the Samsung Galaxy S10, which is likely to be the new turning point for the Korean manufacturer. This new ARM platform, together with the 7 nanometers and high clock frequency, would give us an unprecedented performance that would position it as the most powerful mobile phone on the market, as defined by several industry analysts.