Skipping stairs - Samsung goes from 14nm straight to 10nm mobile chips!

Skipping stairs - Samsung goes from 14nm straight to 10nm mobile chips!
We don't know what kind of stimulants Samsung's semiconductor division employees use... but we want them! Just weeks after it formally introduced the industry's first 14nm FinFET mobile application processor manufacturing process - the one that made the octa-core Exynos 7620 inside the upcoming Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge possible - Samsung took the stage at Frisco's ISSCC to claim dibs on the 10nm FinFET process!
 
Although it will be a while - about two years, reportedly - before the 10nm chip-churning machinery is set in motion, it's safe to say that successors to the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s will have small and power-efficient 10nm chips ticking inside their shells. According to Samsung, the achievement is a major step in the evolution of Internet of Things devices, where size and economy of components are of key importance - especially in the tight constraints of wearable devices.

Of course, 10nm tech will be heading towards DRAM and NAND flash chips as well, enabling more storage on the same area, so we have that to look forward to as well. As Samsung is also becoming a key mobile DDR4 memory supplier for the likes of Apple and LG, the Korean company may find itself a mobile semiconductor kingpin in the near future.


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2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Makes Qualcomm look like a dinosaur. LOL No wonder Apple is trying to poach Samsung's employees.

5. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

*TSMC (Qualcomm's supplier) looks like dinosaurs. You're still right though. Qualcomm should switch to Samsung ASAP

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Qualcomm has an uphill battle trying to compete with Samsung's Exynos 10nm while their 820 is probably 14/16nm Hopefully this forces Qualcomm to step up their game and finally design a custom ARMv8 core Unless if TSMC also has 10nm ready by then But even then TSMC is probably trying to get Apple back So Qualcomm might still be on TSMC's 16nm

39. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I'm not 100% sure of this, but I read rummors that Qualcomm will move to 14nm for the 820. That means they'll move either to Samsung or to Global Foundries for that.

49. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

14nm Snapdragon 820 will come out a year before 10nm Exynos.

65. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

and will overheat like fk... hahaha

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also to be fair, Samsung did actually poach TSMC's chief of the research and development, Liang Mong-song, a few years ago Although some say Liang Mong-song moved because his wife is Korean

3. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Damn, mobile technology. You scary! O_O

51. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Me lik tech und horror..gutz.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Sweet, Samsung have caught up to Intel And they are keeping up (Intel also said 2016 for 10nm) I wonder who will be the first to 7nm and who will be the first to move away from silicon Qualcomm has an uphill battle trying to compete with Samsung's Exynos 10nm while their 820 is probably 14/16nm Hopefully this forces Qualcomm to step up their game and finally design a custom ARMv8 core

53. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Rrrrriiiiggggghhhhtttt. YOu are basing that off of an announcement? Lol. Their "14 nm" is inferior to intc and it will probably be the same for their 10nm. You know that the naming game is just marketing right?

6. AlikMalix unregistered

I wonder what phone will have the first crack at it?

9. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Meizu MX5 and Galaxy Note 5 maybe?

17. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Did you read the news ? It says you won't see it any device before 2 years.

34. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

My bad. Meizu MX7 and Galaxy S8 then.

45. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Unless Sammy will release S7 and S8 in the same year :v

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Galaxy S6 will use 14nm LPE Galaxy Note 5 / Alpha 2? and iPhone 6S will probably use 14nm LPP Galaxy S7, since its released in Q1 Unless if Samsung delays to Q3 Then either iPhone 7 or Galaxy Note 6 / Alpha 3?

43. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I would bet on the Note 6, it will be far too early for the Galaxy S7.

12. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

very well played samsung, I see that your exynos chips will dominant once again, but please work with programmers and developers this time around so the exynos brand will be #1 like back in the days of the s2.

13. Techfriend

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Samsung your future is bright !!

14. robyla

Posts: 17; Member since: May 10, 2012

Have you heard about about Intels news about 7nm technology in 2018?

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

16. sram145

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

S6 looks good except its ugly protruding camera

26. rk181090

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

That's just a render.

40. sram145

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Yeah. but i am pretty sure it will have one..

66. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

don't be so sure :)

22. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

The power of Samsung is actually enormous. This is the true innovative company that the world should give reward to. No wonder Samsung is the 2nd biggest spender in R&D, and Apple does nothing and claims they are innovative. *Sigh*

23. tech-lover

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Kodus samsung, love you. I will always supporting you. My first phone was samsung N100 from 2003 till now i using your excellent devices. .Long life dear sammy.

35. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Thank bro! It's hard to go away from Samsung, when they treat us like prince. Everything they provided us are based on customers feedback, and they keep improving beyond boundary as long as they can to achieve global leading standard. Long life Samsung, Long live Samsung lovers! Cheer,

46. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

You two cannot be serious right now? "I love you" hahaha sad sad

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