Although Samsung Foundry was the first contract fab to formally start mass production of chips on a 3 nm-class process, so far, the company's latest process has largely been relegated to producing tiny cryptocurrency mining chips. But it looks like things will start picking up for Samsung's foundry business soon, as this week it was announced that the company has landed a more substantial order which will see the Samsung make a server-grade system-in-package (SiP) with HBM memory for an unknown client.

Per this week's press releases, Samsung Foundry is set to produce a server-grade processor with HBM memory that is set to be designed by ADTechnology, a contract chip developer from South Korea, for an American company. For now, details on the chip are light, so all we know about the 3 nm-based datacenter product is that it will will use 2.5D packaging in conjunction with HBM memory. All of which points to a high-end system-on-chip (SoC) – or rather a system-in-package (SiP).

"This 3nm project will be one of the largest semiconductor products in the industry," said Park Joon-Gyu, chief executive of AD Technology. "This 3nm and 2.5D design experience will be a significant differentiation factor between other companies and AD Technology. We will do our utmost to deliver the best design results to our customers."

Meanwhile, it is unclear which of Samsung Foundry's 3 nm-class process technologies the company is set to use for the project. Currently the company is producing cryptocurrency mining ASICs using its SF3E process technology, which is the initial version of Samsung's gate-all-around (GAA) manufacturing tech.

The company is set to roll-out an enhanced SF3 process technology next year. This version of the node provides additional design flexibility, which is enabled by varying nanosheet channel widths of the GAA device within the same cell type. All of this will, in turn, improve the performance, power, and area characteristics of SF3 compared to SF3E, making it more suitable for server designs. Yet, the company is also prepping SP3P technology with performance enhancements for 2025, which is likely to be even better for server-grade silicon.

"We are pleased to announce our 3nm design collaboration with AD Technology," said Jung Ki-Bong, Vice President of Samsung Electronics Foundry Business Development team. "This project will set a good precedent in the collaboration program between Samsung Electronics Foundry Division and our ecosystem partners, and Samsung Electronics Foundry Division will strengthen our cooperation with partners to provide the best quality to our customers."

Sources: ADTechnologyPulsenew

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  • meacupla - Thursday, October 12, 2023 - link

    Is Samsung desperate for customers on their high end nodes?

    The last high end product that came out with Samsung was the RTX 3000 series on 8nm.
    Their own Exynos 2100/2200, built on 4nm, has overheating issues.
    Even the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 used in Galaxy S23 is made on TSMC.
  • Dante Verizon - Friday, October 13, 2023 - link

    Samsung has done a lot of improvement work since then, yields and efficiency are much better now on 4nm LPP+
  • hemedans - Saturday, October 14, 2023 - link

    They actual Get more customers now, this site published report that their 7nm and 5nm has 90% utilization. Lot of product are made with their 4nm like Exynos 1330, 1380, snapdragon 4 gen 2, 7s gen 2, 7 gen 1, Tensor G3, upcoming Exynos 2400 etc.

    And it's Rumored Samsung may manufacture sd 8 gen 5
  • meacupla - Sunday, October 15, 2023 - link

    Well that's good to know. As much as I like TSMC, I hate monopolies even more.
  • Eliadbu - Sunday, October 15, 2023 - link

    They keep their prices down which allows them to get work in, but in almost every other aspect they are behind

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