Samsung begins making 10-nano chipsets for S8 [2016/11/02 10:22]

Samsung Electronics said recently it had begun the mass production of 10-nanometer application processors for the first time in the global semiconductor industry. The company added that it would apply them into new mobile devices to be launched early next year. The South Korean tech giant said its 10-nanometer APs had 27 percent better performance, saved 40 percent more energy and increased the number of chips per wafer 30 percent compared to the 14-nanometer chips that made up the previous generation. Samsung will be unveiling the upgraded APs in about two years since it mass produced the 14-nanometer processors early last year. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter, and a human hair is 100,000 nanometers in diameter.

“The mass production of this 10-nano APs has proven the competitive edge of Samsung Electronics’ fine process technology,” said Yoon Jong-shik, a vice chief of Samsung’s foundry business.

Samsung said it aims to produce the second generation 10-nanometer processors by 2017 and plans to use them long term, through continued improvement and the expansion of derivation process.
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