A manufacturing node below 50% performance means that on every chipboard that leaves the factory, less than half of them are functional and the rest must be thrown away. This level of manufacturing performance is negligible and means that Samsung is currently making losses, as it invests more in this manufacturing than it earns and may in turn mean that the price of the first 5nm chips is fired in an attempt to alleviate these problems.
What about the 5nm chips from Samsung?
Manufacturing semiconductors is no easy task. All companies in this trade know it, and the difficulties of manufacturing silicon have been felt even by the best in the industry like Intel or Samsung and today in the latest report from Business Korea it is announced that Samsung is once again you’re having trouble with your 5nm craft node.
It has been previously reported that Samsung is having difficulty with the performance of its 5nm node, and yet, until now, we did not know the extent of these issues because, according to sources at Business Korea, the node is currently less than 50%. . This means that, for example, out of 100 chips made on a single silicon wafer, only half are functional and can be used, and as you will understand, this is not a good thing neither for Samsung nor for the industry. in general who expects these chips as May water.
Typically, for a node to transition to high volume manufacturing (HVM), the throughput should be around 95%, and if it is not at that level, manufacturing at that node is not. not considered efficient nor very profitable. Hwaseong’s V1 line, where these chips are made, uses EUV tools and while performance is still very poor, Samsung engineers are expected to tweak and fine-tune the node and the tools they use to that.
It is very likely that, given the situation and the project of this builder, in the coming weeks we will be able to follow a development quite closely and they will inform us in the coming months of the improvements (or not) that they manage to achieve. to bring. get in said manufacturing node. In any case, the bright side is that if a manufacturer has the potential to get by, it is Samsung in terms of both financial and human resources.