- Samsung is said to be in pilot production for a 3nm minting process that can be used for bitcoin mining.
- The first customer will be PanSemi, a Chinese ASIC manufacturer, and Qualcomm could also participate in the future.
- The 3nm casting process can allow chips to reduce power consumption, increase speed and higher transistor count.
Samsung will reported began trial production this week of 3 nanometer (3nm) chips for application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) – the most efficient machines for bitcoin mining.
Samsung’s first customer, reportedly, is a Chinese ASIC company called PanSemi, which designs ASICs used for bitcoin mining. Similarly, Qualcomm – Samsung’s biggest customer – has also booked to take advantage of the new manufacturing process with sources saying Qualcomm can opt in at any time, but is not committed.
Previously, Qualcomm placed orders for 4nm chips, but Canceled Last February due to Samsung’s surprising lack of production. This led Qualcomm to rely on another company – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
The latest product from Samsung is being called all-round gate (GAA), which, as the name suggests, will feature ports on all four surfaces. By far the most commercially successful process is FinFET, which uses only three surfaces instead of four. According to the report, this upgrade allows for narrower doors and allows for more precise control of currents. Report shows that this can reduce area by 45% and increase efficiency by 30% if trial production is successful.
In addition, Tech Monitor report that TSMC’s 3nm process will shrink the size of semiconductors, which in turn will enable up to 30% reduction in power consumption, up to 15% increase in speed, while also allowing for high transistor densities. 33% more – this makes the hardware more powerful.
Although that report is from last year, it is still valuable to understand the possible effects of this advancement on technology.