Samsung starts mass producing 10nm SoC products, may appear in the Galaxy S8

By midian182 ยท 9 replies
Oct 17, 2016
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  1. Good news for Samsung: the company has hit the headlines for reasons not related to the Note 7. In a statement released today, the Galaxy maker announced that it had become the first to mass-produce SoC products using 10-nanometer FinFET technology.

    Samsung, which was also the first company to mass produce a FinFET mobile application processor in January 2015, has an exclusive deal with Qualcomm to manufacture its Snapdragon 830 processors using the 10nm process, according to South Korea’s Electronic Times.

    “The industry’s first mass production of 10nm FinFET technology demonstrates our leadership in advanced process technology,” said Jong Shik Yoon, Executive Vice President, Head of Foundry Business at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue our efforts to innovate scaling technologies and provide differentiated total solutions to our customers.”

    The 10nm process is used to build an advanced 3D transistor structure that improves on the previous 14nm technology. It gives 27 percent better performance and 40 percent lower power consumption compared to its predecessor, which means not only do we get more powerful mobile devices but ones with longer battery life, too. The 10nm process also allows 30 percent more chips per wafer.

    Devices featuring chips made using the first-generation 10nm process (10LPE) will start appearing early next year. The second-gen tech (10LPP), which features a "performance boost," arrives in the second half of 2017, possibly in the Snapdragon 831.

    In all likelihood, the Snapdragon 830 will appear in the US version of the Galaxy S8. With the Note 7 recall expected to cost the company a total of $5.3 billion and cause untold damage to its reputation, Samsung will be relying on the next S series to do well and help erase the memory of 2016.

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  2. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,067   +427

    I have high hopes for the S8 because it will hopefully be my next smartphone.
  3. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +873

    And I'm guessing they will use this tech to push more GHz instead of focusing on battery life.
    wastedkill and H3llion like this.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    $5.3 billion is walking around money to Samsung, it's the tarnished rep that's the most serious. That said, I'll still buy Sammy devices in the future, just as long as they don't pull another N7 stunt again.
    H3llion likes this.
  5. I'd even buy a Note 8 if it has all the features I want (one of the features is the removable battery).
  6. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,654   +1,092

    Why are people so eager to pay so much money on these overpriced phones?
  7. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Can't say it was really a stunt. It was never Samsung's intention to release a product with an issue so bad they had to pull the entire inventory off the market and basically try to erase it's existence!

    I'd love to know the root cause of the issue...
  8. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,654   +1,092

    it could be one of many problems: from the charging system to heating issues near the battery.
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I know it wasn't intentional. Why would they intentionally do that unless they didn't want to be in business anymore and tried to reduce the worlds population at the same time. It was just a cynical post, I do a lot of those.
    Although the Note series is not for me, they are impressive from a technical standpoint. As I alluded to in my post, I'll still buy their products anyway, I haven't lost any confidence in them.
  10. GyratingIndy

    GyratingIndy TS Rookie

    I'm especially excited for the new Exynos chip. They are said to be sporting the next ARM CPU which is much more efficient and of course the Mali G71 which is going to be almost as fast as the Nvidia Shield TV.

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