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2019/05/14 21:45:05 (permalink)
Samsung Preps 3nm Chips to Improve Smartphone Battery Life
 


Samsung's upcoming 3-nanometer chipmaking process might allow for smartphone processors that consume 50 percent less power.

Samsung expects to begin mass production of the 3nm chips starting in 2021, it said today. An improved variant of the 3nm chips will arrive in the following year.

The technology promises to churn out processors that use 50 percent less power than Samsung's current 7nm chip-making process, while offering a 35 percent performance increase, executives with the company's semiconductor business told journalists. In terms of surface area, the 3nm process will allow for chips that are about 45 percent smaller.

Whether device makers will use the technology is another matter. Samsung is developing it to lead in the computer processor industry at a time when Taiwan-based TSMC produces silicon for Apple, Qualcomm, Nvidia, and AMD. During the session, the company itself said TSMC's semiconductor business is three times the size of its own.

However, Samsung expects to attract more customers with the upcoming 3nm chip-making technology. To create the next-generation silicon, the company is relying on its "gate-all-around" transistor architecture, a successor to the FinFET technology.

"Our research center has been struggling very significantly to find a new way of power reduction beyond 3nm," said Samsung foundry marketing executive Ryan Lee. "Their solution was using gate-all around is the best way."

Due to the power savings, the 3nm technology should appeal to mobile processor vendors, Samsung engineer Yongjoo Jeon told PCMag. The company also expects high-performance computing makers to consider building silicon with technology as well.

However, Samsung isn't alone in trying to develop the technology. TSMC is reportedly spending $19.5 billion to build a new 3nm chip-making factory in Taiwan. One of TSMC's biggest customers is also AMD, which has been competing with Intel to create faster and more power-efficient chips.

 
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At least this will be manufactured in Taiwan but still hope for the better in battery tech as it's much needed.
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    Re: Samsung Preps 3nm Chips to Improve Smartphone Battery Life 2019/05/15 01:14:31 (permalink)
    I would be surprised if we see much of an increase. It' will probably just lead to software that eats up more battery power or the phone itself using more power to do more background tasks.

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    Re: Samsung Preps 3nm Chips to Improve Smartphone Battery Life 2019/05/15 09:35:42 (permalink)
    So TSMC will have quite a competitor in Samsung. So the move to smaller die sizes continues. Intel continues to fall behind. 

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    Re: Samsung Preps 3nm Chips to Improve Smartphone Battery Life 2019/05/15 10:17:10 (permalink)
    interesting 3nm

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    Re: Samsung Preps 3nm Chips to Improve Smartphone Battery Life 2019/05/15 12:06:15 (permalink)
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    So TSMC will have quite a competitor in Samsung. So the move to smaller die sizes continues. Intel continues to fall behind. 




    Intel has the back account thought to catch up. They might not be the first to the party but they can throw billions of dollars at a problem until they catch up. Meanwhile the others will spend money trying to reach and suffering large amounts low yields before the process is improved.
     
    That said Intel does need to speed things up. I think they spent about a decade sitting around thinking four cores was enough. When you consider the X58 platform is still used by people you realize that Intel wasn't really doing much to improve things since the launch of the original Core processors that a CPU like the i7 970 could still be used today a decade after it's release. That would be like a Windows 98 era computer being able to run Windows 7 when you consider the previous decade.

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    Re: Samsung Preps 3nm Chips to Improve Smartphone Battery Life 2019/05/16 09:37:02 (permalink)
    I wonder how this will impact RAM after the CPU launch

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