A few months after first introducing the Exynos 7 Octa processor, Samsung has announced an updated version is on the way. While last year’s model was a 64-bit, ARMv8 processor based on a 20nm design, the new chips will be 14nm processors.

Samsung says mass production of the first chips developed with a 14nm FinFET process is underway.

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While the Exynos 7 Octa processor lineup will be among the first to see the shift from 20nm to 14nm, Samsung says the technology will be used in additional products later in 2015.

The new design should offer improvements in both efficiency and performance. Samsung says the new chips could be up to 20 percent faster while using 35 percent less power. Think better performance and longer battery life.

Samsung isn’t the first chip maker to adopt a 14nm process. Intel’s Broadwell chips are also based on 14nm designs. But those processors are designed for desktops, notebooks, and tablets, while Samsung’s ARM-based chips are aimed at mobile devices including smartphones.

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8 replies on “Samsung begins producing 14nm Exynos 7 Octa processors”

  1. how’s the samsung exynos processor? how does it compare to the snapdragon variants?

    1. The one that’s in the S6 (the 7420 as it’s being called on the blogs) apparently performs better in benches than the Snapdragon 810. But battery life hasn’t been talked yet. In terms of LTE, Snapdragons will be better, but we’ll have to wait and see how Samsung’s wireless solutions are for their chips.

    2. Should be way better on paper being 14nm but not sure you can tell the difference with flagship soc these day.

  2. The perf and power claims are “or” not “and” even if the press release is intentionally misleading.
    The power saving would be at same clocks or same workload depending how they measure, but that max perf you get at same power,no savings there.
    Anyway if they just shrink the 5433, then 20% higher clocks would be 2.3GHz and 15% smaller die size at least 96mm2 but likely slightly bigger since not everything scales.

    1. Why not? If you can hit higher clock with lower power consumption hence the use of “and”.

      1. well, you can have both, but then you don’t get the full 20% speed and full 35% power, just let’s say half of both. Depends on engineering targeting.

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