Qualcomm anticipates that its future Snapdragon 5G mobile chipsets will use Samsung's 7nm LPP EUV process technology.
The two companies announced the intention to expand their decade-long foundry relationship into EUV (extreme ultra violet) lithography process technology, including the manufacture of future Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G mobile chipsets using Samsung's 7-nanometer (nm) LPP (Low Power Plus) EUV process technology.
Using 7LPP EUV process technology, Snapdragon 5G mobile chipsets will offer a smaller chip footprint, giving OEMs more usable space inside upcoming products to support larger batteries or slimmer designs. Process improvements, combined with a more advanced chip design, are expected to bring improvements in battery life.
Last May, Samsung introduced 7LPP EUV, its first semiconductor process technology to use an EUV lithography solution. Compared with its 10nm FinFET predecessors, Samsung's 7LPP EUV technology reduces the process complexity with fewer process steps and better yield, but also allows up to a 40 percent increase in area efficiency with 10 percent higher performance or up to 35 percent lower power consumption.