Samsung Foundry has certified full flow tools from Cadence and Synopsys for its 5LPE (5 nm low-power early) process technology that uses extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV). Full flow design tools are required by chip developers to create efficient and predictable chip designs for advanced nodes quickly.

Samsung Foundry certified the Synopsys Fusion Design Platform as well as the Cadence Full-Flow Digital Solution full-flow design tools for its 5LPE technology using the Arm Cortex-A53 and Arm Cortex-A57 cores. The certification means that these sets of tools meet Samsung Foundry’s requirements and that by using them chip designers can attain optimal power, performance and area (PPA) benefits that 5LPE technology promises to offer.

Samsung’s 5LPE technology relies on FinFET transistors with a new standard cell architecture and uses both DUV and EUV step-and-scan systems. The new fabrication process enables chip designers to reuse 7LPP IP on ICs designed for 5LPE while enjoying all benefits the latter provides. When compared to 7LPP, the new technology has an up to 25% higher ‘logic efficiency’, it also enables chip developers to reduce power consumption of their designs by 20% or improve their performance by 10%.

The set of tools from Candence and Synopsys that is certified by Samsung includes compilers, validators, power circuit optimizers as well as EUV-specific tools.

Since Samsung’s 5LPE uses more EUV layers than the company’s 7LPP process, expect it to be used on Samsung’s upcoming EUV fab in Hwaseong. The production line is set to cost 6 trillion Korean Won ($4.615 billion), it is expected to be completed in 2019, and start high volume manufacturing in 2020.

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Sources: Cadence, Synopsys

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  • Gondalf - Monday, July 08, 2019 - link

    Marketing, they are not out with 7nm yet......little sense to speak about a finer process when we not even know how perform 7nm (and IF it perform in power consumption and power).
    The foundry market is in a strange situation indeed, the powerpoint slides are the real power today.
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  • danielfranklin - Monday, July 08, 2019 - link

    Of course it is, but its important to know that things are on track.
    Samsung are working very hard to win back the clients TSMC drew in with their early 7nm node.
    Its great news that Samsung are already well under way on what is essentially their 2nd gen EUV node, you will appreciate it in 2021...
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  • FreckledTrout - Tuesday, July 09, 2019 - link

    All the process names are marketing and have been for quite a few years. I don't believe they can get all the front end an back end process at 5nm on FinFET. Its why both TSMC and Samsung are looking at moving to GAAFET for proper 5nm. Kind of like how TSMC's first 7nm really is only some front end processes at that feature size so its not really 7nm until they switch to EUV. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, July 09, 2019 - link

    Even if the numbering is meaningless marketing, the improvements in performance and power consumption (assuming those are accurate) are still a good thing. Reply
  • Dragonstongue - Monday, July 08, 2019 - link

    less than pocket change for them considering how long and how often they effectively "fleeced" untold billions over the years with the seemingly non stop "we hit a golden record for our production" followed by an equally quick "supply is not meeting up with demand so we have no choice but to jack the price of everything containing X, Y, Z, sometimes W as of late even V which stands for "very important we get more billions to use the excuse that production is down year on year as not as many buying, so we really have no choice but to go with lower performing but higher cost products don't you worry soon we will go to the next generation and start it all over again, oh and the billions in port of call charges we "pass the savings unto you" as that 1 penny we REALLY needs so we will slap an extra, ummm, 110% (or more) just to make sure we always stay ahead (producing things that cost very very few dollars when all is said and done (but this profit sure is AWESOME shhhh our secret)

    On another note, how in the #%#$ f #$% does AMD hit their mile stone and launch "perfectly" yet their "share price" has basically not bloody well budged, correct me if I am wrong, Intel or Nvidia can release something that is very "dead in the water" yet their share price goes UP like a "atta boy, you tried" in this case make an over $1k CPU and basically similar for GPU as well as the "system" irrelevant to purchase, but share price stays where it is.....#$%$#% and even more @#$% is wrong with people's heads, I seriously question all this #$%#$%.....
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  • Rudde - Monday, July 08, 2019 - link

    I usually go with the rule "people are stupid" when trying to understand how masses of people behave. Reply
  • rpg1966 - Monday, July 08, 2019 - link

    All those words to say "I don't understand markets". Reply
  • Eliadbu - Tuesday, July 09, 2019 - link

    The lack of coherence in your writing is striking.
    Go back and rethink well what you want to say, then try to write as clear as possible with proper linguistic structure and without rubbish mixed in. So maybe then people will take you seriously.
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  • Spunjji - Tuesday, July 09, 2019 - link

    This is the new standard of speech on the internet. I have found that if you criticise people writing (or speaking) vapid nonsense in this incoherent manner, you will frequently get a response saying something like:
    1) That's an ad-hominem (it's not)
    2) Argue against my points, not my style (even though it is impossible to decode any "point")
    3) I can't help it if you're too stupid to understand my point (projection)
    Etc.

    Discourse is dying; an endless torrent of low-grade "truthy" nonsense and pithy comebacks is its replacement. Many people now think their own uninformed opinions are more valid than subject experts and well-sourced journalism; these same people think they have an inalienable right to spam them wherever a box exists for them to type into. They think any opposition to this tide of nonsense is "censorship" and any factual disagreement is a conspiracy.

    But hey, at least this guy's only ranting about silicon fabrication. It's almost benign in its pointlessness.
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  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, July 09, 2019 - link

    Based on your response, it's clear that you're only interested in making ad-hominem attackes rather than focusing your citicisms on the points that Dragonstongue is making which is your own dumb fault since it's clear that you lack the ability to understand the content to begin with. It's people like you your grand conspiracy to commit large-scale censorship in order to violate peoples' right to type their thoughts into a box if they want just because you can't handle it.

    :D
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