Samsung Electronics has announced that it is starting mass production of chips based on the 10nm manufacturing process. This marks the first time that the industry has achieved building microprocessor on this scale, although it will still be some time before it reaches consumers.
“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 smaller transistors are also arranged using a 3D structure; allowing Samsung to squeeze a 27-percent performance improvement out of the SoC. The new 10nm manufacturing process will also result in an extra 40-percent power efficiency.
Samsung is also planning to begin work on the second generation of 10nm SoC by the second half of 2017.