Samsung beats TSMC to production of 3nm chips

Samsung employees hold up 3nm wafers at the company’s production line
Samsung employees hold up 3nm wafers at the company’s production line. | Image: Samsung

Samsung has started producing 3nm chips, beating rival chip manufacturer TSMC to the more power efficient fabrication process, Bloomberg reports. TSMC’s 3nm process isn’t expected to go into mass production until the second half of 2022.

Samsung says the new fabrication process is 45 percent more power efficient than its previous 5nm process, has 23 percent higher performance, and 16 percent smaller surface area. In the future, it hopes its second generation 3nm process can reduce power consumption and size by 50 percent and 35 percent respectively, and increase performance by 30 percent.

The announcement is a key milestone in Samsung’s efforts to compete with TSMC, which dominates the market for contract chip production and is the…

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Author: Jon Porter