According to Bloomberg, Samsung has begun making 3nm chips, beating out rival TSMC to the more energy-efficient manufacturing technique. Mass production of TSMC’s 3nm technology is not anticipated to begin until the second half of 2022.
According to Samsung, the new fabrication method uses 45 per cent less power, performs 23 per cent better, and has a 16 per cent lower surface area than its prior 5 nm method. It expects its second generation 3nm technique to reduce the size and power consumption by 50 and 35 per cent, respectively, and boost performance by 30 per cent in the future.
Although initially intended for “high performance, low power computing,” Samsung says it hopes the chips will eventually find their way into mobile devices. According to Bloomberg, the chips will initially be produced in South Korea at its Hwaseong facilities before moving on to Pyeongtaek. The Texas-based company’s upcoming chip facility, which according to early sources may eventually be able to make 3nm chips, is not expected to begin mass production until 2024.
Due to the recent worldwide chip shortage, the location of chip manufacturing has been under intense scrutiny, with the US, Europe, and China competing to encourage corporations to increase local chip production.
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