On the eve of Apple's new iPhone announcement, Samsung has come out swinging by announcing their new 11nm LPP process will be ready for mass production in the first half of 2018. Beyond that, Samsung is also confident with its 7nm EUV upgrade for the second half of 2018.
Samsung's new 11nm LPP process is a scale down of their 14nm LPP process that is found in mid-range processors, while the new 11nm LPP process will power next-gen Exynos SoC products from Samsung. The smaller 11nm LPP tech has 15% additional performance and a 10% area shrink, all with the same power consumption of 14nm LPP.
VP and Head of Foundry Marketing for Samsung Electronics, Ryan Lee, said: "Samsung has added the 11nm process to our roadmap to offer advanced options for various applications. Through this, Samsung has completed a comprehensive process roadmap spanning from 14nm to 11nm, 10nm, 8nm, and 7nm in the next three years".
We should expect to see 11nm LPP-based smartphones in 2H 2018, so think Galaxy Note 9... while the 7nm EUV upgrades will arrive in 2H 2018, with smartphones to be powered by it in Q1 2019, so think Galaxy S9 powered by 7nm.