Samsung to start 10nm chip production in late 2016

Samsung to start 10nm chip production in late 2016
Samsung recently announced that it will start mass producing chips using the 10nm node manufacturing process by the end of 2016. The new technology is thought to provide significant advantages in terms of processing power, chip size, and power consumption. 

The new 10nm chips will continue to use Samsung's fin-shaped field-effect transistors (FinFET) technology, just like the Samsung Exynos 7420, the first mobile chip in the world manufactured using the 14nm process. The Exynos 7420 is the chip that powers the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge, and benchmarks show that it's the fastest mobile chip currently available on any Android smartphone.

At a special event earlier this week at the 2015 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco, Samsung unveiled a 300mm wafer manufactured using the new technology. This is thought to mean that Samsung has finalized the specifications of its 10nm chip manufacturing process.

Although we're obviously looking forward for Samsung to use 10nm chips in upcoming smartphones, the advantages associated with this technology could make their way in other devices as well, such as wearables, networking equipment, or data center hardware.

Rumors have it that the late 2016 estimate for Samsung's new 10nm chips mean that Apple might be able to use the new manufacturing technology in its 2017 smartphones and tablets. As with all rumors, make sure to treat this one with a dose of skepticism.

TSMC, Samsung's biggest rival as far as Apple chip orders are concerned, was recently rumored to start testing its 10nm FinFET chip manufacturing technology as early as next month, with mass manufacturing rumored for 2016 at an unspecified date. Although Samsung has started mass manufacturing 14nm chips back in February, TSMC will only start mass producing chips using its 16nm node process in about a month's time.

source: Kit Guru

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20 Comments

1. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Galaxy S6 edge Iron Man Limited Edition - Officia…:https://youtu.be/wB6MId15cpo

2. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

WoW thanks for the link dude I didn't know that it is official. It looks dope :)

5. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Wish no iron man head at the back.. :( still looks good tho..

6. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yeah that ironman head kind of ruined it but I wouldn't be surprised if it was a request from marvel. Just red and gold might not be ironman enough when the phone is off. Without the theme it's just a red and gold phone. Maybe Samsung would have gotten away with a smaller head? Lol

13. waddup121 unregistered

CHILL SAMMY CHILLLLL MOBILE TECH, YOU SCARY

17. FluffyBled unregistered

That wireless charging pad looks just genius :o

3. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Late 2016? Why do you make me wait samsung? Now I have to wait for the s8? These are dark times in the world of the tech nerd...

18. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Perfect time for me. By then my 2 year contract for my Note 4 is done and hopefully the 10nm will be in the Note 6!

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Good news for battery fans, since non HTC, Motorola, and Nokia handsets can't get any thinner, the power saving will now go into the battery life rather than making the handsets thinner. The three aforementioned companies will still have to use the power savings on their diet though because they are fat and ugly as hell next to the sleek and slim handsets.

7. Tajiseo

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Actually it won't make a lot of difference in my opinion. I think the more important thing is developing their own modem for reception. The S6 is using the 14nm processor and it still sucks with battery life because it's using the qualcomm's modem

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Battery life is pretty damn close to the GS5 and Z3 with lolipop and the battery is much smaller.

11. shm224

Posts: 288; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

@tajiseo : Samsung is no longer using Qualcomm modem (integrated into the Snapdragon) in the new S6. The S6 ships with Samsung's own Shannon chipset. According to Chipworks: Design Wins We’ve been able to identify multiple chips inside the Galaxy S6: Samsung Exynos 7420 SoC Samsung K3RG3G30MM-DGCH 3Gb LPDDR4 SDRAM and Samsung KLUBG4G1BD 32GB NAND Flash Samsung Shannon 333 Modem, Shannon 533 PMIC, Samsung S2MPS15 PMIC, Samsung Shannon 928 RF Transceiver and Samsung Shannon 710 Envelope Tracking IC Broadcom BCM4773 GNSS Location Hub InvenSense MPU-6500 Gyro + Accelerometer Skyworks SKY78042 Multimode Multiband (MMMB) Front-End Module (FEM) Avago AFEM-9020 PAM and Avago ACPM-7007 PAM Samsung C2N8B6 Image Processor Maxim MAX98505 Class DG Audio Amplifier and Maxim MAX77843 Companion PMIC Samsung Electro-Mechanics 3853B5 Wi-Fi Module N5DDPS2 (Likely Samsung NFC Controller (P/N needs to be confirmed) Wolfson WM1840 Audio CODEC Texas Instruments BQ51221 Single Chip Wireless Power Receiver Skyworks SKY13415 Antenna Switch STMicro FT6BH Touch Screen Controller so no Qualcomm parts at all.

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Man, Samsung really went all out with the GS6. Let's hope they have a bit more success than LG did with the Optimus G ground up intitiative. The Optimus G bombed hard and they reverted to the much poorer G2. Let's hope Samsung doesn't go back to Qualcomm just because the GS6 doesn't hit its targets.

8. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Correction first 14nm made by Intel not Samsung.

10. mihai.a

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

Yes, you are right. The Exynos 7420 is the first mobile chip manufactured using the 14nm tech. We've updated the article to correct this.

14. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

NEW WRITER, EH? WELCOME. WHOEVER YOU ARE.

15. gaming64 unregistered

New writer with better grammar than the writers here.

16. gaming64 unregistered

Wow, Samsung. You are really pushing boundaries. Just make sure Android can handle your tech then it's all good.

19. AmirBudi

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

The Comparison of cell size, Intel 14 nm vs Samsung 14 nm: http://www.extremetech.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Cell-SizeComparison.png

20. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Any news on the interconnects? Apparently there moving on from 20nm as well!

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