[News] Samsung Officially Secures Its First 2nm Order, Making AI Chips for Preferred Networks

2024-07-10 Semiconductors editor

Samsung Electronics has received the first client for its 2nm process. According to the official press release from Samsung on July 9th, Samsung Electronics will provide turnkey semiconductor solutions using the 2nm process and the advanced 2.5D packaging technology Interposer-Cube S (I-Cube S) to Japanese AI company Preferred Networks.

Per a previous report by SamMobile, Samsung is set to commence mass production of 2nm chips for mobile devices by 2025. The initial SF2 2nm process will be ready next year, followed by an enhanced version, SF2P, in 2026. In addition, according to Samsung’s press release, its latest 2nm process, SF2Z, has incorporated optimized backside power delivery network (BSPDN) technology, and will enter mass production in 2027.

Preferred Networks was founded in 2014 and is in the field of AI deep learning development. The company has attracted significant investments from major Japanese industrial enterprises such as Toyota, NTT, and Fanuc. The order placed with Samsung’s foundry division for 2-nanometer AI chips also includes HBM and advanced packaging.

As per the official release, Junichiro Makino, VP and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Computing Architecture at Preferred Networks stated that as Samsung Electronics’ 2nm GAA process will significantly support Preferred Networks’ ongoing efforts to build highly energy-efficient, high-performance computing hardware that meets the ever-growing computing demands from generative AI technologies, especially large language models.

Driven by the strong demand from AI chips, Samsung expects the revenue of global chip industry to grow to USD 778 billion by 2028, according to Siyoung Choi, President and General Manager of the Foundry Business in Samsung, the report noted.

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