Samsung switches course, plans to push out 6nm chips starting 2019

Samsung switches course, plans to push out 6nm chips starting 2019

According to unnamed industry sources, Samsung is gearing up to start production of 6nm chips in 2019, and significantly reduce investment in its 7nm production line. The company plans to install two next-generation lithography machines this year and seven more in 2018, which would enable for the new manufacturing process while also providing better overall efficiency.

The move comes following Qualcomm's recent decision to drop Samsung as its 7nm manufacturing partner. Right now, the two companies work together in producing current 10nm chips (like the high-end Snapdragon 835), but Qualcomm has chosen to ditch Samsung and partner with TSMC moving forward, leaving the Korean giant out in the cold with its 7nm process.

The end result of this decision is that most of Samsung's next year chip orders will most probably be made with its 8nm process, which itself is just an upgrade over its current 10nm process. The 7nm, however, process may still end up in one of the company's own Exynos chips, despite the reduced investment in the tech. 

This move was a strategic one: while next year's Samsung-made chips will suffer as a result from it, from 2019 onward the company will have the edge over TSMC, as by then its 6nm production will be better than its rival's 7nm. Generally speaking, the smaller the size of a semiconductor, the greater power efficiency and processing power we get from the end product, meaning Samsung's 2019 chips could, in theory, be significantly better than their competition.

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11 Comments

1. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I like it when companies face tensions like this since this results in waking up and upping their game. The end result is a happy consumer. Can't wait for 2019.. Hehe

2. Papa_Ji

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Samsung is king of technology...

9. apple-rulz

Posts: 1841; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Here mongrel since you like posting links here is one for your a-nus, enjoy loser, Ha ha ha ha https://www.sammobile.com/2017/06/27/samsung-ui-fluidity-problem-needs-fixing

11. M.O.A.B

Posts: 317; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

i bet if the iphone had the option the show gpu rendering profile it will be worse than the s8 .. i don't know when people will stop whining about a very minimalist frame drop in the animation and just enjoy the piece of art of the device they have .. this is just ridiculous

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1789; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

The Exynos is ready for it's world wide debut... The S6 was all Exynos and it performed just fine for me... With Qualcomm getting in bed with TSMC Samsung has the green light to prove that it's Exynos is ready for the main-stage

4. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Samsung dont use the 8nm just put the 7nm CPU's in all the S9 models and the Note 9 and customers will be happy. And the following year use the 6nm CPU's. Exynos is by far my favourite CPU and the recent one in the S8 powering a 1440p screen, Samsungs heavy UI (granted its gotten a trim recently) is by far the best. Can't wait to see what Sammy do next.

7. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

I would to see a apple's A10 fusion pulling TouchWiz and rendering 2k resolution and keeping those unreal high bechmarks results

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