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Samsung Announces Milestone in Development of 14nm

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Nanometer processes are used to manufacture chips found in computational hardware.

Samsung has announced a milestone in its development of 14nm process technology for semiconductor manufacturing.

The South Korean technology giant also confirmed that it's signed an agreement with ARM to share 14nm physical IP and libraries.

The company has achieved a "successful tape out of multiple development vehicles" for its 14nm process, with the company now collaborating with "key design and IP partners" such as ARM to contribute towards the development of 14nm process technology.

It's the successor to current 22nm processes utilized to manufacture chips found in PCs, servers, mobile devices, embedded systems and other computational hardware.

Samsung said that achieving the 14nm process node would result in major advantages for future-generation System-on-a-Chip (SoC) devices used in smartphones, tablets and other consumer electronics products.

"As we move closer to true mobile computing, chip designers are eager to take advantage of the gains in performance and significantly lower power of 14nm FinFET to deliver PC-like user experience in a mobile device," said Samsung senior vice president Kyumyung Choi.

"The design complexities of 14nm require complete harmony between the process technology, design methodology, tools, and IPs. We are synchronizing all the key elements so our customers can deliver their newest chips to market quickly and efficiently."

Samsung currently manufactures ARM-based application processors for its own Android-powered smartphones and tablets. It also provides them to Apple for the iPhone and iPad.

The company, which last month unveiled a new storage chip for smartphones that would subsequently make them thinner and faster, was recently given the green light for its $3.9 billion investment in the firm's Austin chip production plant.


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    game junky , December 27, 2012 11:54 AM
    It never ceases to amaze me how technology continues to advance at such a rapid pace. Quad Core mobile processors, now the possibility of 14nm chips. Keep trucking Samsung, I still want to see faster SSDs that are under the $/GB mark.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , December 27, 2012 2:34 PM
    Even if Samsung bought AMD, it's my understanding that they wouldn't get the x86 license. But wouldn't it be completely kick@$$ if AMD inked a deal with Samsung to use their 14nm process to make CPUs? It's a beautiful dream... :p 
  • 12 Hide
    knytey , December 27, 2012 12:46 PM
    Apple: no way! we patented the idea! Time to sue Samsung again!
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  • 8 Hide
    halcyon , December 27, 2012 10:33 AM
    Let the fun begin. My Note III is gonna be wicked. Say it isn't too soon?
  • 8 Hide
    flowingbass , December 27, 2012 11:36 AM
    Did they beat intel to 14nm?
  • 13 Hide
    game junky , December 27, 2012 11:54 AM
    It never ceases to amaze me how technology continues to advance at such a rapid pace. Quad Core mobile processors, now the possibility of 14nm chips. Keep trucking Samsung, I still want to see faster SSDs that are under the $/GB mark.
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    freggo , December 27, 2012 12:33 PM
    Talk about a true innovator.
    Not just some trendy Wanna Be.
  • 12 Hide
    knytey , December 27, 2012 12:46 PM
    Apple: no way! we patented the idea! Time to sue Samsung again!
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    notsleep , December 27, 2012 1:56 PM
    haha...it would be funny if they bar apple from their 14nm tech. then we'll have 'fat' iphone compared to other devices.
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    serendipiti , December 27, 2012 1:57 PM
    freggoTalk about a true innovator.Not just some trendy Wanna Be.


    Intel kept some technology advantage in fabrication process and neither TSMC, GF (AMD...) could compete...
    It is good to know that Samsung can keep competition in this nm node race...

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    steve360 , December 27, 2012 2:00 PM
    flowingbassDid they beat intel to 14nm?


    Intel is already building the fabs for 14nm - Fab 42 in Arizona. It should be operational some time next year.
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    lockhrt999 , December 27, 2012 2:11 PM
    Sammy should buy AMD and share this tech with them. Let the AMD go berserk with 14nm.
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    kcorp2003 , December 27, 2012 2:33 PM
    flowingbassDid they beat intel to 14nm?


    Intel is already looking beyond 14nm, their 14nm was off the drawing boards and tested in 2011. Their now going into production in 2013.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , December 27, 2012 2:34 PM
    Even if Samsung bought AMD, it's my understanding that they wouldn't get the x86 license. But wouldn't it be completely kick@$$ if AMD inked a deal with Samsung to use their 14nm process to make CPUs? It's a beautiful dream... :p 
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    hannibal , December 27, 2012 4:39 PM
    That would be nice! Ofcource Intel would have had 14nm technology in production at least one year untill Samsung can get first prototypes out, but still it would be better than situation at this moment...
    So have to keep my fingers grossed on this!
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    ikyung , December 27, 2012 6:09 PM
    Hmm... Intel and Samsung will be the first for mass production in 14nm.... Intel and Samsung is currently making an OS to compete against Android and iOS called Tizen.... Tizen is due to be released on certain smartphones and tablets in 2013....

    Intel and Samsung trying to take over the mobile world.
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    Anonymous , December 27, 2012 8:52 PM
    It looks like ARM is probably going to beat Intel on 14nm, and make it there at the same time or sooner:

    http://www.electronicsweekly.com/blogs/david-manners-semiconductor-blog/2012/10/intel-has-no-process-advantage.html

    Some choice quotes:

    The important thing is that the foundries' process roadmap is on track to intersect Intel's at 14nm.
    ...
    In fact, GF's 14nm process may have smaller features than Intel's 14nm
    ...
    Jean-Marc Chery, CTO of STMicroelectronics points out that the drawn gate length on Intel's ˜22nm" process is actually 26nm.
    ...

    and the fitting conclusion of the article:

    And so on goes Intel beating its head against the wall to get into the low-margin mobile business.
    Recently Intel said it expected its Q4 gross margin to drop 6% from Q3's 63% to 57%. Shock, horror said the analysts
    But if Intel succeeds in the mobile business, its gross margin will drop a lot more than that.
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    ojas , December 29, 2012 2:21 PM
    They've just taped out the process, they won't reach the manufacturing stage till almost 2015-2016. Intel's going into production with the 14nm process in 2014. So no they've not beaten Intel at anything for now, and i suspect that by the time Samsung's 14nm process actually reaches the market, Intel will already be in a dominating position in the mobile market. Heck 2015 will be a new architecture, then the 10nm shrink in 2016, for Intel.

    Interesting and exciting, to say the least.