Samsung has beaten rivals TSMC to start producing 3nm chips, but it still has some ways to beat the Taiwan chip maker.
The 3nm chips are expected to be about 25 per cent more efficient than the former 5nm chips. Meanwhile, Samsung claims to have found a way to make its fabrication process more efficient than when it made the former chipsets.
With its 16 per cent smaller surface area and 50 per cent power efficiency, Samsung expects that the phone-making world will start to embrace the 3nm chipsets. However, it may take some time for the key industry players to trust the new SoCs.
TSMC remains the leader in chip production, with Apple and other hardware producers among its customers.
According to its announcement, Samsung says that it will be making the chips for high performance and low power consumption before it starts producing them for mobile usage. Production is to start at the Hwaseong facilities in South Korea before moving to the company’s factory in Pyeongtaek.
Samsung’s Texas chip plant will only start mass-producing the 3nm chips in 2024, which will be a big boost for the company as the recent global chip shortage means that more countries want their supply of chips to come from local manufacturers.
Samsung may only be in the driver’s seat for so long because TSMC has already announced that its 3nm chips will be hitting the market in the second half of 2022.
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