Samsung Electronics has efficiently developed a 5nm semiconductor course of utilizing its touted Excessive Extremely Violet (EUV) expertise, the corporate introduced.
The South Korean tech big at the moment applies a 7nm course of to the processors utilized in its flagship smartphone fashions — most notably, the Galaxy S10.
Samsung additionally has plans to start mass manufacturing of a 6nm course of this yr, it mentioned.
The 5nm course of will make chips 25% smaller and 20% extra energy environment friendly in comparison with these made with a 7nm course of.
The corporate is anticipated to commercialise the brand new course of someday subsequent yr.
Shoppers who designed their chips primarily based on the 7nm course of will have the ability to take the mental property rights they’re already utilizing and apply them to the brand new course of, Samsung mentioned, to permit shoppers to preserve prices.
The corporate launched its EUV 7nm course of again in 2017 and has been competing fiercely with rival TSMC to lock down shoppers.
As late, Samsung has positioned extra assets into its logic chips and contract-chip making companies, which has historically fallen behind its reminiscence semiconductor enterprise.
Earlier this month, Samsung started mass manufacturing of its 5G community chips to get an early footing within the next-generation wi-fi market.
The agency’s logic chip boss beforehand advised ZDNet that 5G would supply Samsung with an “unimaginable enterprise alternative”.
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