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Samsung’s 10nm FinFET SoCs First to Start Mass Production



The Galaxy Note7 has been getting a lot of press for the past couple of months, but that’s not all Samsung is about. For example, at the beginning of this week, the Korean tech giant announced it has started mass production for its 10nm FinFET process.

The company claims it has achieved an industry-first. Samsung was also first to mass produce FinFET technology back in 2015.

The smartphone titan says to expect to see devices based on the new SoCs to make an appearance on the market as soon as the first part of 2017, obviously hinting at the Galaxy S8 launch next year.

The new 10nm processors are said to offer up to 30% increase in area efficiency with 27% higher performance or 40% lower power consumption. This translates to future smartphones being able to deliver better battery life or increased processing power (not both at the same time, though).

Compared to the previous 14nm generation, the new 10nm process makes use of advanced 3D transistor structure with enhancements in process technology and design. The first 10nm SoCs are called 10LPE, but Samsung intends to release a second-gen process dubbed 10LPP in the second part of 2017.

A new report from Reuters also reveals that Samsung will be the sole manufacturer of Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 830 which will probably power the US version of the Galaxy S8. Naturally, the chipset will be based on a 10LPE process.

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