Samsung has announced that it has started mass production of chips using its 14nm Low Power Plus (LPP) process, which is the second generation of its 14 nanometer FinFET process. Interestingly, the Korean company will not only be producing its own Exynos 8 chipsets with this technology.
The electronics giant also confirmed that this new manufacturing process will feature on arguably its fiercest competitor this year, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. This effectively means Samsung is set to gain regardless if chipset smartphone makers opt for the Exynos 8 or the Snapdragon 820.
“We are pleased to start production of our industry-leading, 2nd generation 14nm FinFET process technology that delivers the highest level of performance and power efficiency,” said Charlie Bae, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, System LSI Business, Samsung Electronics.
“Samsung will continue to offer derivative processes of its advanced 14nm FinFET technology to maintain our technology leadership,” he continued. Devices sporting the Snapdragon 820 is set to appear within the first half of this year.
This agreement with Qualcomm follows a recent deal with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) a few weeks ago to manufacture its upcoming GPUs, which will be based on a 14nm FinFET process. The company will start manufacturing the GPUs sometime this year.