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Samsung begins mass production of 2nd generation 14 nm chips

Samsung first generation 14 nm FinFET wafer
Samsung 14 nm FinFET wafer
The first chips built by Samsung that use this technology are the Exynos 8 Octa and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820, which is expected to hit the market powering various devices by mid-2016.
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Samsung Electronics is the world's second-largest semiconductor maker and this year might help them get closer to Intel thanks to the new AMD chips they are expected to manufacture, as well as other parts built using the second generation 14 nm FinFET process. According to a recent press release, mass manufacture of these chips has just begun.

Back in early 2015, the Exynos 7 Octa became the first 14 nm LPE (Low-Power Early) chip to enter mass production. Now, the new 14 nm LPP (Low-Power Plus) delivers "unparalleled performance and power efficiency" to Exynos 8 OctaQualcomm Snapdragon 820, as well as other chips. Samsung states that the new technology provides "up to 15 percent higher speed and 15 percent less power consumption over the previous 14nm LPE process," while the use of fully depleted FinFET transistors will help to overcome scaling limitations.

While the chip maker mentioned that devices powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 should hit the market by mid-2016, the new AMD chips and GPUs might hit the market this summer as well. However, that still needs to be officially confirmed.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-01-14 (Update: 2016-01-14)