US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Samsung has reported on shipments to its customers of 10-nanometer DDR4 DRAM memory modules produced using lithography in hard ultraviolet (EUV). The volume of the first on the market batch of chips based on an innovative technological process amounted to a million pieces.
A new generation of EUV lithography is an important step for the future of PCs and mobile devices.
Mastering the Samsung manufacturing process allows us to increase production scale and save time on the development of modules, which was very difficult to do with old technologies, and at the same time reduce the percentage of rejects.
Nevertheless, the early appearance of advanced RAM in computers and smartphones should not be expected.
Samsung will reorient all its lines to EUV-memory only by next year, and mass production of faster DDR5 and LPDDR5 modules will be able to establish no earlier than 2021.
Other major semiconductor manufacturers, including Intel and TSMC, one of Apple’s key suppliers, intend to expand the use of EUV scanners. If Samsung took up the active use of EUV scanners in 2018, Intel expects to release the first 7-nm products only by 2021.
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