Like the Galaxy S6? Like the Note 5? How about the S7 edge? Is it running as smooth as you’d like? Chances are that an Exynos system on a chip makes that happen. That chipset? Yep, it’s made by Samsung.
Samsung’s been expanding its semiconductor production aggressively with mid-range and top-end products for vendors to use. While Taiwanese competitor TSMC does have an upper edge in serving the lucrative Apple, the chaebol has been making ground elsewhere — including silicon giant Qualcomm, producing its Snapdragon 820 processors.
Executives from the unit have been at the company’s San Jose campus showing off a cheaper 14nm manufacturing process as well as teasing a second-generation 10nm process that will head to factories within the year. The execs are trying to convince chip manufacturers to use Samsung’s factories.
Samsung, TSMC and Intel have been battling to master 10nm for the past year or so, but the chaebol, with its diversified businesses, has been able to build its businesses off each other quite well.
Looking forward to the Galaxy Note 6?