Meeting the Needs of High-Performance Mobile Devices

It’s “game on” in the race for high-performance mobile devices. With smart phones quickly evolving into “superphones”, these cutting-edge devices are leading the GHz race. And these devices will be a hub for consumers, enabling constant access to content and services.  The traffic load that these phones will handle will significantly up the ante on the power/performance curve. In fact, I just read that time spent on mobile apps has surpassed web browsing – which really highlights how the central the smart phone has become.

With more functionality packed into a single device, it’s becoming increasingly challenging for system-on-chip (SoC) designs to keep up with exploding bandwidth, advanced integrated functionality and low-power constraints. This dilemma is enough to test any designer’s creativity! Luckily, consumers have become the beneficiaries of the growing mobile chip market enabling faster phones and better mobile devices.

In order to give device designers an edge during the development of next-generation mobile devices, Samsung has added a new variation of 28nm to its process technology roadmap. Designers using Samsung’s 28nm low power hybrid (LPH process has the ability to create chips capable of over 2GHz+ processing performance). In particular, our 28nm LPH process offers a 60 percent active power reduction at the same frequency. Our process will also permit a 55 percent performance boost at the same leakage as today’s typical 45nm low power (LP) SoC designs, giving system hardware and software developers more options for increasing system capabilities while maintaining a long battery life.

Knowing how critical first time silicon success is, Samsung has also brought together an extensive and comprehensive suite of 28nm LPH design enablement solutions from all major ecosystem partners. Samsung EDA solutions include full process design kits (PDKs) and design flows from Synopsys, Cadence, Mentor, and Magma.

Samsung is taking steps to ensure that customers are in the loop by offering shuttles every quarter those who are interested in this new high-performance variation of the 28nm process at our S Line in Kiheung, Korea. For more information on Samsung’s most recent innovations which will allow system-on-chip (SoC) silicon go beyond 2GHz, be sure to check out these interesting articles from and EE Times, and the Inquirer.

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