At the same time, Samsung mentioned in a supplementary statement that "Key IP" will be delivered in the first half of 2019, which means that a customer's processor chip has already placed an order with Samsung and will be delivered next year.
However, before the end of this year, there may be mobile phones based on Samsung's 7nm process chip. The possibility may not be big, although Qualcomm's next-generation chip, the Xiaolong 855, will also be handed over to Samsung for production, but don't expect to start mass production this year and then mass-produce, even if mass production may have to wait until the end of the fourth quarter of this year.
Of course, Samsung’s 7nm process is open to OEMs, and any chipmaker may be able to place orders, including its own Exynos chip. However, some manufacturers' 7-nanometer chips may be used earlier in the product, such as Huawei's Kirin chip and Apple's A-chip. Previously, it has been reported that Huawei's upcoming Unicorn 980 chip will be manufactured based on a 7-nanometer process and will debut in the second half of the year. At the same time, Apple's A12 seems to have begun trial production. The 7-nanometer chips manufactured by TSMC are likely to be better than Samsung entered the market earlier.
In any case, along with more advanced process technology, the size of the mobile chip will continue to shrink, and provide better sustained performance and longer battery life. So, after 7 nanometers, what will be the next generation of chip processing technology? Samsung took the lead in answering this question.
Samsung reiterated its plans for 5nm, 4nm and 3nm processes at the Samsung Foundry Forum. Among them, the 4 nanometer technology will still use the existing FinFET manufacturing technology, which is used in both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and Samsung Exynos flagship chips. However, at the 3nm process node, Samsung began to abandon the FinFET technology and instead use GAA nanotechnology.
Actually, these process manufacturing technologies do not mean anything to the average mobile phone user. Samsung only told us that the existing process technology may continue several generations of products, but for the more advanced and smaller process processes in the future, it may require some new technologies. . So, when will these new process processes come out? If Samsung's circuit diagram is unchanged, Samsung will produce 5nm chips in 2019, 4nm chips in 2020, and 3nm chips in 2021.