Samsung mass-produces 14-nano processors for budget models

Samsung Electronics started mass-producing a new system-on-chip (SoC) using its 14-nanometer technology, in a bid to strengthen the competitiveness of its budget handset models and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the company said Tuesday.

The company said in a statement that it has begun the production of Exynos 7570, widely used for its mid- to low-end handsets and other key electronics.

The new chip boasts 30 percent improved power efficiency, compared to chips with 28-nanometer technology.

The company adopted the 14-nanometer fin field effect transistor (FinFET) technology which uses a 3D process. This enables more efficient power management than previous technologies, according to Samsung Electronics.

The chip also comes with various wireless connectivity functions _ such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and global navigation satellite system (GNSS), said the company.

“More clients will be able to enjoy the improved functionality of 14-nano technology-based chips,” Hur Kook, vice president at Samsung’s logic-chip business division, said in the statement. “We also succeeded in integrating various connectivity functions, and will continue to strengthen our foothold in the chip market.”

Expectations are that Exynos 7570 will be widely adopted especially for budget smartphones, as the chip supports full high-definition (FHD) video filming and camera functions for resolutions of up to 13 million pixels. Handsets with Exynos 7570 will help users enjoy more high-quality content, said the company.

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