Published On: Wed, May 15th, 2019

Samsung unveils its 3nm node to tempt the likes of AMD and Nvidia away from TSMC

Samsung unveils its 3nm node to tempt the likes of AMD and Nvidia away from TSMC

Samsung is continuing to push forward its plans to become the largest pureplay semiconductor foundry by showcasing its latest tech to prospective partners in order to lure them away from TSMC. Samsung might well be one of the biggest tech companies in the world, but it wants to grab a bigger slice of the contract manufacturing pie TSMC has been gobbling down recently. At the moment the Taiwanese pureplay foundry has around 50% of the contract manufacturing market while Samsung is trailing behind at just under 15%.

In order to steal a march on TSMC, the Korean giant has given out the process design kit for its advanced 3nm Gate-All-Around Field Effect Transistor (GAAFET) process in order for potential customers to get an early start on the tough design work needed to create chips on the brand new, super-advanced node.

The bafflingly miniscule 3nm process is the first of Samsung’s nodes to move beyond the existing FinFET transistor design and onto the GAA layout. Gate-All-Around transistors provide greater control over the flow of electricity than FinFET, particularly at this smaller scale.

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Samsung unveils its 3nm node to tempt the likes of AMD and Nvidia away from TSMC