Following the development of its 5nm fabrication technology, Samsung has now proceeded to the construction of 5nm EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet) production lines.
The company’s goal is to surpass the TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) and become the leader on the semiconductor in the years to come.
Samsung will be ready with its 5nm line by the end of June 2020 and has ordered the necessary equipment to set up the line inside its Hwaseong campus. The complete installment would most likely tale about two or three months, as Samsung already installed some of the equipment. After this process is complete, there is a stabilization period destined for testing, evaluation, and eventual improvement.
Altogether, this process means that Samsung will most likely fail to keep up with TSMC in producing 5nm chips for now.
Samsung’s chips are supposed to be 25% smaller compared to those using 7nm EUV technology and have already received orders from Qualcomm for the production of its 5nm EUV-based Snapdragon X60 5G modem chipset.