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Samsung Launches 3nm Chips in Galaxy

Advancing in Semiconductor Technology Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest memory chip manufacturer, has announced plans to implement its advanced 3-nanometer (nm) chip processing technology in the next generation of its Galaxy smartphones and smartwatches. This move positions Samsung in direct competition with industry giants such as Apple Inc. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Samsung’s second-generation 3nm production line is set to start operations in Korea in the latter half of this year, according to sources close to the project.

Boosting Performance in Galaxy Devices The first product to benefit from this technological leap will be the Exynos W1000 application processor (AP) for the Galaxy Watch7, expected to launch in July. Mobile APs, considered the brain of mobile devices, are systems-on-chip (SoC) designed to support applications in mobile operating system environments. They include central processing units (CPU), graphics processing units (GPU), and neural processing units (NPU), key components that determine the performance of smartphones.

Samsung Challenges Apple in the Smartwatch Market With the use of the second-generation 3 nm process node, the most advanced in the chip industry, the Exynos W1000 is expected to enhance computational performance and power efficiency by over 20%. Once launched, the Samsung Galaxy Watch7 equipped with the 3nm AP will be the most powerful device on the market, directly competing with the Apple Watch Series 9, which uses a 5nm AP. Currently, Apple leads the global smartwatch market with a 45% market share as of the third quarter of 2023, followed by Samsung with 20%.