Samsung starts production of 14nm FinFET chips for its clients

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Last updated: December 11th, 2014 at 14:32 UTC+02:00

Samsung has announced that it has started the production of 14nm FinFET chips for its clients. Kim Ki-nam, the President of Samsung’s semiconductor business and the head of System LSI business, has stated that the production of these chips is proceeding very well, however he did not reveal the name of the clients. ZDNet believes that Samsung’s clients could be either Apple, AMD, or Qualcomm. Samsung might make S1 SoCs, which will be used in Apple Watch. Even Qualcomm has inked a deal with Samsung to produce its next generation application processors. This chips could also be used in AMD’s GPUs. Samsung is trying to attract clients away from its Taiwan-based competitor TSMC. Earlier this year, Samsung has already shown off samples to its clients.

Samsung has already made a contract to produce Apple’s A9 application processors, which could be used in the next-generation iPhone. The Korean giant is also supplying DRAM and NAND storage chips to Apple. Samsung is proclaimed that its new 14nm FinFET have 20 percent more processing performance in spite of being 15 percent smaller in size and drawing 35 percent less electricity than the 20nm chips produced by TSMC.

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