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

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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14 Comments

1. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

14. cyborg009

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

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

2. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

And Im waiting for Graphene semiconductor too

5. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

you need to wait like 10 years more

3. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 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...

12. AbhiD

Posts: 613; Member since: Apr 06, 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

4. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

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

6. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

So my Galaxy S3 will surely be outdated by next year.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

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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

8. Mube1

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 22, 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

10. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

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

13. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

probably 4nm.

11. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

Lol that would be nice

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