On July 25, Samsung announced that its own 3nm process chips have been shipped to customers, which means that Samsung is ahead of TSMC in the new generation of 3nm process competition, the latter’s 3nm chip mass production is the second half of this year, Samsung in the 3nm node to pull back a round Samsung’s 3nm process is actually divided into two generations, the current mass production is 3nm GAE process, enough to reduce power consumption by 45%, reduce the area by 16%, and at the same time improve the performance by 23%.
The second generation of the 3nm GAP process can reduce power consumption by 50% and improve performance by 30%, while the area is reduced by 35% for better results, but it will not be ready for production until 2024, with 2 years to go.
However, although Samsung grabbed the first 3nm title, but the industry has been questioning Samsung’s 3nm level, especially customer orders, after all, TSMC’s 3nm orders have been contested by Apple, Intel, Qualcomm and other companies, their orders are not running.
In contrast, Samsung 3nm who have used is the key, the current 3nm GAE process debuted to a Chinese mining chip maker, and the second generation of 3nm process is still relatively distant, the good news is that some analysts say that Samsung’s 3nm GAP process has been negotiated by a number of customers, the more likely to be cell phone chip makers.
Which specific manufacturer is interested? This is no news, there is a greater possibility will be Qualcomm, Qualcomm even if a large number of orders to TSMC production again, but also made it clear that the future will not give up cooperation with Samsung, as long as Samsung’s 3nm process no longer have yield problems, Qualcomm will obviously still consider using it to produce Snapdragon chips.