Samsung announces 14nm SOC, which presumably enters Galaxy S6




Samsung has announced its first mobile soc who makes it to 14nm. Samsung makes the Exyonos 7 Octa using with its own process-FinFET. The Exynos Octa 7 is probably the unreleased Galaxy S6.

In addition to the process for late Samsung little loosely over the Exynos Octa 7, although for some time it is clear that it is a octacore-soc with four Cortex A57-cores and four more economical Cortex A53-cores. Samsung did earlier with the Exynos 5433 to include variants of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha . However, the 5433 is a 20nm-soc.

It will be the first soc that Samsung is based on his own FinFET-process, where Samsung will own words years targeting. Finfets at the gate of transistors is not manufactured across the channel, but it is surrounded. This creates a larger gate area, allowing the transistors to switch faster and more economical thanks to lower leakage currents. Moreover, the dimensions are less, so that more transistors fit on a silicon wafer, which would be cheaper.

Samsung’s move to 14nm comes quickly. Only last fall, the South Korean giant released the first 20nm-socs on the market. Presumably, the manufacturer can produce fast much socs, because for these processors also a collaboration has with GlobalFoundries. According to Samsung 14nm FinFET chips consume roughly 35 percent less than 20nm High-K Metal Gate variants, whereas the potential increase in performance would be 20 percent. The 14nm chips are 15 percent smaller.

The rumors about the Exynos Octa 7 were there already. Past few years, Samsung released its high-end appliances in the Benelux with socs Snapdragon Qualcomm, but that now seems to be different. Qualcomm recently said that a major customer decided not Snapdragon place in his upcoming high-end device.

Samsung has an event on the schedule stand for about two weeks, where in all probability the Galaxy S6 and an EDGE variant thereof is present.


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