Samsung’s 3nm manufacturing kicks off and beats competitors

Eric Zeman / Android Authority

TL;DR

  • A Samsung 3nm manufacturing process for the chips is being rolled out.
  • This means that Samsung is the first to use this new process, beating competitor TSMC.
  • Samsung claims that these new chips could be up to 45% more energy efficient than 5nm chips.

The race is on for manufacturers to create faster, less power-hungry and more thermally efficient chips. The next big step in this process is three nanometers, which is the next die-shrink.

Although we expect to see Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) land at this milestone first, it looks like Samsung’s 3nm process will be first. By a Bloomberg rapport (via 9to5Google), Samsung has officially started production of these new chips.

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According to Samsung, its 3nm chips could offer up to 45% better power efficiency than 5nm chips. For the record, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and Exynos 2100 are 5nm chips. Unfortunately, Samsung didn’t give us a comparison with 4nm chips such as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Elsewhere, Samsung claims the 3nm chips could improve performance by 23%, again over the 5nm versions.

The first batches of these chips from Samsung will be sent to specialized systems. Eventually, they will make their way to more mainstream systems, such as smartphones.

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