Samsung admitted that the implementation of EUV technology for its processor manufacture is challenging. However, there’s no doubt that the company wants to be a leader in this category. It takes new lithography equipment to assemble the incredibly small 7nm transistors without mishaps. EUV lithography allows for the second generation of 7nm microprocessor process, which offers better yields, lower costs and reduced number of masks. Compared to the production of 10nm processors for the Galaxy Note 9, the EUV process for the 7nm chips allows for 40 percent smaller footprint. 7nm chips are also 20 percent faster and 50 percent more efficient in power utilization.
Today, mobile processors are sufficiently powerful for typical consumers, so it’s likely for chip makers to focus more on improved battery life, by reducing power draw. Smaller transistors means lower power usages and this will contribute to longer battery life. EUV method also allows for smaller physical size of the processor. So, smartphone manufacturers can put additional components inside the thin smartphones.
Based on reports, the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 may also have the new 7nm processor. Samsung is working on a new Exynos chipset that will make it into the new Note models. The current Galaxy S10 variants use the Exynos 9820 chipset that uses 8nm manufacturing process. It’s quite likely that the Note 10 will be the first smartphone with a 7nm EUV processor. The existing Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is also based on 7nm process, but it uses the earlier first generation manufacturing process. So, it will be interesting to see how the first and second generations of 7nm chips will compare. Samsung may officially release the Note 10 in August this year. Qualcomm will also release its first 7nm EUV chipset, the Snapdragon 865, which will be available in two versions, with and without 5G modem.