As things stand, the super-small and super-efficient 22 nanometer transistors in Intels’ Ivy Bridge are about as cutting edge as mainstream chip production gets, which is why this promise from Samsung is rather impressive. As reported by Reuters, the Korean manufacturer is preparing to invest $1.9 billion in a new logic chip line that will make chips for smartphones and processors. These chips will use 20nm and 14nm fabrication processes, making them potentially faster and more efficient than Ivy Bridge — and leaving the silicon currently found in Sammy’s 32nm Exynos Quad and Qualcomm’s 28nm Snapdragon S4 far behind. Of course, Intel is gearing up for 14nm production next year too, and even setting its sights on 5nm after 2015, so the coming battle for Moore’s Law should be just as lively as it is today.
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Samsung ready to invest in next-gen chip production: here comes 20nm and even 14nm originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Jun 2012 03:14:00 EST.