These Tiny, Faster Memory Chips Will Be In Your Next Phone

These are Samsung's latest memory chips. They might not look much, but they're 20 per cent smaller and 30 per cent faster than the current standard — and they're already destined to appear in your next phone.

Their secret lies in a shrinking manufacturing technique, which allows adjacent features on the chip to be packed closer together; for the nerds out there, Samsung has shifted from a 20-nanometre process to 10-nanometre process. That means a bump in efficiency — giving speeds a 30 per cent kick in the butt — while also allowing the devices to shrink.

That means they take up 20 per cent less space, which is all important in the crazy-thin devices we're used to. They went in to full-scale production last month too, and not just for Sammy — so they'll turn up in a smartphone or tablet near you soon, whatever the brand. [Engagdget]


    Not in Apples phones. Samsung don't want to supply to Apple anymore methinks.

      Yeah, there's no way they want to have to sell 200 million more chips to a top paying customer.

        only for them to have to pay the money back via lawsuits

        A top paying customer who A) sues them to idiotic non patentable patents and B) is a direct competitor to their own products?

        Galaxy SIV with more and faster memory than the iPhail 5s?

      Didn't Samsung just jack up their prices to Apple by 20%? I think they will want to fulfill their contractual obligations.

      Samsung will just charge Apple extra. about 1 billion extra.

    So, other than forcing us to buy in-between products, how does Samsung manage to use a 10nm process where Intel is still using 22nm for Ivy Bridge and AMD is using 32nm for Vishera.

      I'm no expert, but I would imagine the demands placed upon memory are vastly different to that of CPU's (i.e. heat), and so they can pack them closer together without compromising the integrity of the chip, whereas a CPU would fall apart. No doubt we will see 10nm CPU's in the near future but.

        Unfortunately Intel's roadmap suggests 10nm process in 2016. That's just plain ages away.
        Heat shouldn't be an issue though, I mean for high end users. Cooling options available are pretty ridiculous. Plus the built in thermal pad could be improved. But I guess they'd rather stick to using a single process for every chip.

      Different architecture has different requirements? Samsung deal exclusively in ARM chips, whereas Intel and AMD are doing x86-64, AMD not being as wallet-padded as Intel leaving it with slightly poorer chips.

      Memory chips don't have to be overly complex and cater for hundreds & thousands of millions of transistors, cores, etc, etc = therefore the design and wafer fabrication process makes die shrinkage far easier in the case of memory chips.

        Ah, I clearly needed more coffee this morning. I somehow missed the part about it being memory. How embarrassing.

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