Samsung has announced that the V1 plant in Korea has started mass production of 6 and 7 nm chips based on the EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet) lithography process. According to Samsung, EUV capacity below 7 nm will triple by the end of 2020, and existing plans will begin to send 6 and 7 nm based mobile chips in the first quarter.
Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced today that the new modern semiconductor production line in Hwaseong, Korea has started mass production. The plant is known to be the first semiconductor production line dedicated to Samsung’s ultra-ultraviolet (EUV) lithography technology. Chip production is made at the facility using a process node of 7 nanometers (nm) and below.
It is worth mentioning that the facility, also known as the V1 line, opened in February 2018 and started testing production in the second half of 2019. Based on this, the facility is expected to deliver its first products to its customers in the first quarter of 2020.
Investment expected to reach $ 6 billion
A statement came from the company on the subject. Head of Samsung Electronics Casting Plant ES Jung said, “Technology leadership and design infrastructure as well as manufacturing excellence are one of the most important elements of the casting business. When we increase production, this will increase our ability to respond to the V1 line market demand and expand opportunities to support our customers. ”
The company also reported that the V1 line is currently producing state-of-the-art mobile chips with 7 nm and 6 nm processing technology and will continue to adopt thinner circuits up to the 3 nm processing node.
By the end of 2020, the cumulative total investment on the V1 line is expected to reach $ 6 billion, according to Samsung’s plan, and the total capacity of the compute node 7 nm and below will triple 2019. As the semiconductor geometries become smaller, the adoption of EUV lithography technology has become increasingly important as it enables the scaling of complex patterns on chips and offers an optimum choice for next-generation applications using 5G and artificial intelligence.
Mass production of Samsung’s V1 line also caused comments that it was late in making a contract for Snapdragon 865. We will follow and learn how the event will take shape from the new statements to be made in the coming days.