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Samsung to start 10nm mobile chip production in 2016

Samsung is nearly ready to begin producing mobile chips using a 10nm manufacturing process.

The South Korean tech giant announced it would soon be offering the more power-efficient processors at a company event in the UK.

Samsung pledged to start manufacturing the chips in 2016, but no exact release date has been confirmed.

The company described the new chip fabrication technology as being able to offer “significant power, area, and performance advantages.”

“This is one of the biggest positive steps for the industry in the last few years. It shows that Samsung sets these very aggressive goals, and they may not hit them exactly but they will be very close,” said Handel Jones, CEO at analyst firm International Business Strategies, in a report by the EE Times.

He added: “If they can achieve 10nm, that will be hugely disruptive.”

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Samsung’s current high-end chips are built using a 14nm manufacturing process.

An example of this is the Exynos 7420 processor used in the flagship Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones.

It’s currently the fastest mobile chip available on Android smartphones, although it would certainly be trumped by a 10nm offering.

Samsung was one of the first companies to ship a 14nm FinFET chip, only coming second to Intel.

While Intel has remained quiet on 10nm chips, Jones believes it is “ahead of everyone in 10nm development.”

Samsung is expected to produce chips for Apple’s much-rumoured iPhone 6S, but these will reportedly be manufactured using a 14nm process.

It’s too early to say which handsets we’ll see 10nm chips in. Samsung and Apple flagships of 2016 are likely candidates, however.