Samsung Qualifies 28nm LP Process Technology for High Performance Mobile Applications

(Nanowerk News) Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd., a global leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced that its foundry business, Samsung Foundry, has qualified 28nm low-power (LP) process with High-k Metal Gate (HKMG) technology and is ready for risk production. Additionally, Samsung Foundry has added a new variant to its advanced process technology roadmap, 28nm LPH HKMG process technology. With more functionality converged into a single system-on-chip (SoC), Samsung's 28nm LP and LPH process technologies offer designers comprehensive solutions to keep pace with the challenges of exploding bandwidth, advanced integrated functionality and low-power constraints.
By leveraging its deep, sub-micron expertise in advanced process and design, Samsung Foundry has tuned its 28nm LP process technology to deliver a cutting-edge process platform with 35 percent active/standby power reduction at the same frequency or 30 percent performance boost at the same leakage over 45nm LP SoC designs.
Samsung Foundry's newest process node - 28nm LPH process, has been specifically developed for mobile device applications that can deliver over 2GHz processing performance, offering engineers another option for bringing leading-edge system-on-chip designs. 28nm LPH offers 60 percent of active power reduction at the same frequency or 55 percent of performance boost at the same leakage over 45nm LP SoC designs. 28nm LPH process shuttles are available now.
"We are pleased to offer 28nm LP and LPH process technology with complete design enablement ecosystem to our customers," said Dr. KH Kim, executive vice president of Samsung's foundry business. "In doing so, our customers are able to design and manufacture chips that offer the best possible user experience on the next generation of smart devices such as smartphones, tablet PCs and Internet TVs. Samsung Foundry will continue to offer smart and innovative foundry solutions by leveraging Samsung's proven semiconductor business leadership."
Together with its 28nm LP and LPH processes, Samsung offers an extensive and comprehensive suite of 28nm LP design enablement solutions from all major ecosystem partners. Samsung EDA solutions include full process design kits (PDKs) and design flows from Synopsys, Cadence, Mentor, and Magma. Samsung also has an expansive licensed portfolio of standard cells, memories, and interface IPs from leading companies including ARM and Synopsys.
Samsung Foundry is currently accepting designs for its 28nm technologies. Multiple customer designs have been silicon-validated, and many more products and IP test chips are being processed at Samsung's logic fab, the S Line, in Giheung, South Korea.
For more detail information on Samsung Foundry's 28nm LP and LPH process technologies and its smart, innovative foundry solution, visit Samsung's booth #1404 at the 48th Annual Design Automation Conference in San Diego.
About Samsung Electronics' Foundry Business
Samsung Electronics' Foundry business is dedicated to support fabless and IDM semiconductor companies offering full service solutions encompassing design kits and proven IP to fully turnkey manufacturing to achieve market success with advanced IC designs by Foundry, ASIC and COT engagement. Currently in mass production at 45 nanometer (nm), and qualified for 32/28nm Samsung Foundry is also preparing next generation 20nm and beyond process technologies by leveraging the deep expertise in advanced process technologies, design technologies, as well as a long, proven track record in high-volume manufacturing along with its continued participation in the International Semiconductor Development Alliance (ISDA). For more information, please visit
Source: Samsung (press release)
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