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Samsung to make 20nm and 14nm mobile chips in a new $1.9 billion foundry

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Samsung to make 20nm and 14nm mobile chips in a new $1.9 billion foundry
Samsung has commenced work on a new plant, to cost it $1.9 billion, where it plans to make smartphone and tablet processors with the gorundbreaking 20nm and even 14nm processes.

Given that most mobile chips are done with the 40/45nm generation still, and we just recently moved to the 28/32nm with the Exynos 4412 in the Galaxy S III and the Snapdragon S4, these plans for an even further die shrink are like music to our ears.

Such 20nm and 14nm chips should push the envelope towards lower power consumption and/or high performance in our phones and tablets again, and the new foundry is expected to start producing the goods towards the end of next year. Samsung makes most of the silicon in Apple's gadgets and its own handsets and tablets, and it is likely to stay competitive with this move for a while now, considering that Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors are done with the 22nm mark, but Chipzilla is still to deliver a mobile solution to match ARM's power envelope. 

Of course, the other foundries like the giant TSMC won't just sit on their hands in the meantime, and will likely move towards 20nm next year, so we can again expect big leaps in performance from our mobile silicon each passing generation. For now, we'll be glad if those foundries can deliver enough 28nm chips.

source: Reuters

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posted on 07 Jun 2012, 02:58 9

1. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Wow big news. Exynos Quads on 20nm is making me melt.......

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 02:32 2

14. cyborg009 (Posts: 115; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)

hahaha... same thing is making me hard :P

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 03:03

2. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

And Im waiting for Graphene semiconductor too

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 03:49 1

5. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)

you need to wait like 10 years more

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 03:10 9

3. cttan456 (Posts: 62; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

OMG! Awesome!..Samsung is the indisputable leader..They are No.1 and not resting on their laurels are going full steam and widening the gap to competitors...

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 12:47

12. AbhiD (Posts: 96; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

really??? samsung is widening the gap to competitors???
actually others are on the verge of crossing samsung especially qualcomm as they have 28nm as compared to 32 nm of samsung.
and i alsp expect intel to do miracles in the coming days, as far as their plans go they will reach 14nm in 2013 and even drooling 5nm in 2015 or 2016 which no one other has the capability to reach

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 03:38 3

4. ScottSchneider (Posts: 336; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)

Woooooooooooooowwwww...!!!!!! 20nm Chips..... ^_^

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 04:12

6. sid07desai (Posts: 290; Member since: 03 May 2012)

So my Galaxy S3 will surely be outdated by next year. Great. Just Great.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 06:07 11

9. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

how idiotic. no matter what phone you buy, its outdated in 6-12 months. technology moves too fast. out dated and not useful are 2 separate things.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 04:20

7. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Wow. These are great news for ARM.
I'm sure Qualcomm will also respond to this given the immense financial resources they have on disposal.
In short, great news for ARM, bad news for Intel

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 04:49

8. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

Hey sid wake up its technology no one can stop it,every new year we get smthing new which is even better than predecessor

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 06:53 2

10. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

Next thing, samsung will make 5nm exynos for the galaxy s5.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 18:35

13. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

probably 4nm.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 10:17

11. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)

Lol that would be nice

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