Semiconductor processes are not just cutting-edge 7/5/3/2nm, because there are many chips that don't need to be too advanced, they're often less complex, but they're very cost-sensitive. TodaySamsung has announced the launch of a new 17LPV 17nm process, meaning Low Power Value.Actually, it isThe evolutionary version of the 28nm process incorporates the 28nm BEOL back-end operation and the 14nm FEOL front-end operation, i.e. the 14nm FinFET stereo transistor is added on top of the 28nm node, you can enjoy the energy efficiency advantages of the latter at a low cost.
Samsung saysThe 17nm LPV process reduces chip size by 43% compared to conventional 28nm, resulting in a 39% performance improvement or a 49% energy efficiency improvement.
Samsung has not announced a mass production time for the 17nm LPV process, but it has already announcedThe first service object is the ISP image signal processor, which belongs to Samsung's own CMOS sensor product line.
In addition, Samsung has built it14nm LPU process, meaning Low Power Ultimate, but did not disclose details, may also be 28nm BEOL plus 14nm FEOL.