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Samsung Completed Mass Production of Chips Using Its 7nm EUV Process Tech

Date: 04 April 2019

After entering the 10nm node, the semiconductor manufacturing companies with the ability to support 7nm and below are only Intel, TSMC and Samsung. Among them, TSMC's 7nm progress is the fastest. Last year, it has already given Apple, HiSilicon and AMD 7nm process. Mobile SoC, GPU chips. Samsung announced the mass production of the 7nm EUV process as early as October 2018, but this is not the case. Even Samsung's own Exynos 9820 processor does not use the 7nm process, because Samsung's 7nm factory has not completed. Last Friday, Samsung submitted a report that their investment in the $1.3 billion Huacheng production line has been completed, and Samsung's 7nm EUV is now truly in the state.

Samsung said in a document to the Korean securities regulator after the market closed on Friday that the Samsung Electronics Hwaseong Plant on the west coast of South Korea has completed production line construction. The total cost of the project is 1.46 trillion won, or about 1.29 billion US dollars.

Samsung's $1.3 billion contracts is only part of Samsung's large-scale investment in semiconductors in 2017. The total investment announced in the year was as high as 6 trillion won, with the main target being the future 7nm EUV mass production. Samsung has deployed ASML's NXE3400 EUV lithography machine in South Korea's Hwaseong S3 Line, but the line was previously producing 10nm process, this time it is a technical transformation.

In addition, a new production line was built in Hwaseong Fortune, which is specially prepared for mass production of 7nm EUV. It is planned to be completed by the end of 2019, and large-scale mass production of 7nm EUV will be realized before the end of 2020. Combined with the recent report from Samsung, this means that the infrastructure construction work of the Samsung 7nm EUV factory has now been completed, and the rest of the time will be equipped with equipment and commissioning production lines.

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