It is true that Samsung has just launched its latest flagship series in the Galaxy S20 series for this year, however, the speculation that surrounds the Korean manufacturer is already suggesting that it is already prepping its weapon for next year’s flagships. The company has announced a new manufacturing line which is dedicated solely to the production of 7nm and 6nm mobile processors – and this could in fact be the secret weapon that Samsung will use in order to outwit next year’s iPhones.
But then the question arises – why exactly are chip sizes so important in the first place? Well, in accordance with Samsung itself, the company’s EUV (extreme ultraviolet) manufacturing process “enables scaling down of complex patterns on wafers and provides an optimal choice for next-generation applications such as 5G, AI and Automotive.”
Many of the current CPUs which are found today, such as the Snapdragon 865 present in the Samsung Galaxy S20 actually happen to be built with a 7nm process. And as far as Apple goes – its latest mobile processors – which of course include both the A12 as well as the A13 also go on to support a 7nm architecture.
If indeed Samsung manages to deliver CPUs with a 6nm process, it may actually end up with mobile chips delivering similar power within an even smaller architecture. Hence it might then turn out to be the case where future flagship phones will be even thinner and more power-efficient, without actually losing on any performance muscle. Or they might actually keep the size of the chips same, and delivering more power thereafter.
And by the looks of it, Samsung isn’t looking to halt proceedings just there. Indeed the company has also revealed that it will “continue to adopt finer circuitry up to the 3nm process node.” So one might imagine that for the future, mobile CPUs will indeed deliver big power within even smaller sizes.