Samsung leapfrogs Intel with plans for 5-nm chips for smartphones and other gadgets

Reading time icon 1 min. read


Readers help support MSPoweruser. When you make a purchase using links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Tooltip Icon

Read the affiliate disclosure page to find out how can you help MSPoweruser effortlessly and without spending any money. Read more

Samsung recently started manufacturing 7-nm chipsets and the company has already decided to jump to 5-nm chipsets. The company, however, said that the chips will only be available next year.

The company announced that it is currently sampling the 5-nm chips and will be using the same EUV (extreme ultraviolet) technology that is currently used for 7-nm chips. Samsung has also reported that the first EUV line, designed to build 7-nanometer chips, would cost $6 billion.

However, Samsung is not the only company planning to manufacture 5-nm chips. Samsung’s main rival, TSMC recently unveiled 5-nm prototype chips for customers. It promised an 80% increase in transistors compared to 25% for Samsung. While Samsung and TSMC are fighting for 5-nm chipsets, Intel is yet to start with 7-nm chips and with the way it’s going, there’s a chance Intel might fall behind.

Via: Engadget

More about the topics: 5-nm chip, intel, samsung, TSMC