Samsung isn’t joking around and it’s clearly showing it’s on top of its game with Intel. The company has completed the development of its 8-nanometer foundry process, and this is quite a big deal. This is because the company has perfected the 8-nanometer process before Intel can even perfect and launch its 10-nanometer processs.
Samsung is using the same technology in its 8-nanometer process that it does in its 10-nanometer chips, called “low power plus.” By moving to the new 8-nm process, Samsing is providing a saving of around 10 percent in energy efficiency, and 10 percent in saving of the chip size overall.
Even though the company has made new strides in the 8-nanometer process, it’s just a step before it really ramps up into the next big thing in chip-making, extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV). This process allows Samsung and others to make chips on a 7-nanometer scale. For now though, Samsung is using the existing “low power plus” in its 8-nm process to get new chips up and running.