This is great news for phone enthusiasts as the manufacturing process has a great impact on the productivity and battery efficiency of a chip. Our battery test, showed a big, double digit improvement in battery life with the Snapdragon 835 system chip, the first flagship mobile chip built on the 10nm process. Samsung Electronics is expected to start manufacturing the new Snapdragon 855 system chip late this year with bigger volumes scheduled for early next year.
Samsung Electronics has completed the development of a 7-nanometer foundry process and it is using extreme ultraviolet exposure equipment (EUV) for this process. Originally, the company expected the development of the new technology to be complete in the second half of this year, but it got it six months earlier. Rumors say that Qualcomm is preparing to send samples for its new mobile chip to Samsung.
Samsung's biggest competitor in the space is Taiwan-based TSMC. To catch up with its rival and in hopes to outpace it, Samsung Electronics has also launched development of the next generation 5-nm foundry process at a dedicated line.
source: SEDaily (machine-translated)