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Samsung plans mass production of 7nm chipsets early 2018 ahead of Galaxy S9 launch

The 7nm fabrication process is expected to be a little complicated compared to existing manufacturing process.

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In the current mobile chipset manufacturing scene, Samsung is not only mass producing its own Exynos chipsets based on 10mn fabrication process, but also mass producing the Snapdragon 835 SoCs for Qualcomm. TSMC, on the other hand, is making Apple A11 chipsets based on 10nm process, which is expected to power the 2017 iPhone-range of smartphones. However, the battle for leadership is likely to get complicated as both Samsung and TSMC are heading in a race to make chipsets based on the complicated 7nm process. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Flip3 launch on August 27? New report suggests

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At the quarterly results press conference, Samsung s semiconductor LSI division chief called the technology to be a challenging one”, ZDNet.co.kr reports. He also mentioned that with the introduction of next-gen Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography equipment, Samsung expects to become a leader in 7nm manufacturing process. The equipment aims to ease the process of laying down the miniscule transistors close to each other without any issues. Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE flaunts itself again on benchmark, reveals RAM for high-end Samsung model

Later this year, TSMC is expected to undergo risk production of 7nm chipsets, with mass production to begin next year. Samsung, on the other hand, is looking for an aggressive roadmap to product around early 2018′. This also hints that the Galaxy S9 is mostly likely to be powered by a 7nm chipset. ALSO READ: Samsung s Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco investigation misses out on one major problem with every smartphone

Sadly, as of now, there are no further details about the 7nm process and the performance improvements it brings. We will have to wait until next year, when Samsung officially announces about starting the mass production of 7nmchipsets, while detailing its specifications. As for this year, Samsung will be looking to perfect the 10nm lithography for its flagship smartphones of this year, and 14nm chipsets to power wearables and mid-range smartphones. ALSO READ:Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosions were caused by two set of faulty batteries

As of now, the Snapdragon 835 SoC made on 10nm FinFET process is up to 30 percent more efficient while offering up to 27 percent performance improvement over its predecessors, the Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 821 SoC. Also, the chipset is said to consume 40 percent less power than the predecessor. It also brings Quick Charge 4.0 that can charge the smartphone battery from 0-80 percent in just 35 minutes. Qualcomm also says that just five minutes of charging is enough to deliver battery life of up to five hours or more. ALSO READ: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Quick Charge 4.0 support launched at CES 2017

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  • Published Date: January 24, 2017 7:35 PM IST



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