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The World’s First 3nm Memory Chip: Samsung To Start Mass Production From This 30th June

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Highlights

  • Samsung has prepped up and is ready to begin the mass production of 3nm memory chips starting this June 30.
  • 3nm chip would foster a 30% performance increase, a 50% energy consumption reduction, and up to 80% higher transistor density.
  • Samsung could delay the fabrication process turned out to be baseless rumors, according to insider sources.

So developments and again developments, rumors and expected dates. This was all going around this month for the semiconductor industry. 

But finally, today, several reliable sources informed the media that Samsung has finally prepped up and is ready to begin the mass production of 3nm memory chips starting this June 30.

Samsung is going to use an advanced GAAFET (gate-all-around field-effect transistor) architecture compared to its archrival TSMC’s FinFET (fin field-effect transistor) for the fabrication method. 

This, when completed, would foster a 30% performance increase, a 50% energy consumption reduction, and up to 80% higher transistor density, according to Samsung.

If this goes according to schedules, then Samsung will become the first manufacturer of semiconductors to start using gate-all-around field-effect transistor (GAAFET) architecture with its impending 3 nm fabrication process. 

Samsung announced in April this year that it will work on 2 nm by 2025. Before this, Samsung also informed in April that it would start to work on the 3nm chips 3GAE (3 nm-class gate-all-around early) fabrication process, starting in mid-2022.

It came to light during the 10 days US president’s visit to S.Korea in Samsung’s electronic plant on May 20, and it’s believed that Samsung presented the world’s first GAA-based 3-nano chip prototype.

According to Taiwanese market researcher TrendForce, Samsung has made $5.3 billion in foundry revenue in Q1 March, which is less than 3.9 percent from the previous three months, while market share plummeted from 18.3 percent to 16.3 percent in this time.

Furthermore, this year, the Samsung group ranked 22nd position from 15th compared to last year, making it drop down 7 steps on the global market cap in comparison to last year’s position with a market value of $342 billion as of March. 

However, amid this, rumors were floating that Samsung Electronics could halt the process because of expected earnings generated over a particular period and production problems regarding raw materials availability, i.e., yield issues due to the current ongoing war and semiconductor production crisis due to the pandemic.

Amid these up & downs, there were predictions that things weren’t going well for the Korean conglomerate, but its advancement in technology and resolution it projected could still secure it a leading position against the rivals in this business, namely USA’s Intel & Taiwanese TSMC. 

TSMC is expected to mass-produce the first-gen 3nm chips (N3) for its customers in early 2023 & 2nm by 2025. TSMC informed at TSMC Technology Symposium 2022.

Although it was believed that Samsung could delay this process until the latter end of this year, predictably in Q3 2022, however, these just turned out to be baseless rumors, according to insider sources.

Samsung has already devised a roadmap for its investment in texas for the foundry factory. A $17 billion Texas microprocessing chip plant. Also to note, recently, Samsung announced a $356 billion investment pledge for the chip, bio, and IT sector over the next five years, of which 80 percent will go to facility and R&D investment. This seems to impact the tech industry’s future. 

It’s just about a little time. According to the sources, Samsung Electronics is set to officially announce volume production of GAA-based 3-nm semiconductors on June 30.

Readers can also learn about the TSMC vs. Samsung rivalry & more about the chip fabrication process from the below links.


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Samsung boosts North American AI with Former Apple Siri lead 

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Samsung is integrating its two North American AI research centers. On the other hand, it is also hiring a former Apple executive to lead the newly combined team. This step hints that Samsung is strengthening its AI research and development (R&D) efforts in North America. 

The reports suggest that the brand has made the announcement internally this week, around the same time Apple kicked off a much-anticipated expansion into AI, as revealed by the people who asked not to be identified since the changes have yet to be announced. 

The Korean giant is working on a new operation called the North America AI Center, integrating its teams in Toronto and Mountain View, California. Samsung’s research arm “Ecntralized” the two centers to improve operations and increase efficiency, according to an internal memo viewed by Bloomberg. The brand didn’t disclose the exact reason for what would happen to the two offices. 

This step directly suggests that the world’s two largest technology firms are getting more aggressive in AI. Murat Akback, a former Apple executive, will head up the division. According to the memo from the iPhone maker, Akback was  “responsible for defining and executing the strategy for Siri, Apple’s digital assistant, focusing on personalization, contextualization, and advancements in conversational and multimodal AI.” 

Apple announced a significant AI boost focusing on upgrading Siri and user experience through a system called Apple Intelligence. They hold OpenAI technology for some features but rely heavily on in-house development. On the other hand, the Korean giant integrated its North American AI research centers. He hired an ex-Apple AI expert, potentially to power up its AI development (R&D) in North America. They dedicatedly use Google Gemini technology for their AI mechanism. 

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June 2024 security is now live for Galaxy Z Flip 5 devices

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After introducing the June 2024 security patch to the Galaxy S series flagship devices, the company has now started rolling out the update to Galaxy Z Fold 5 devices; it is worth noting that the update has been spotted in the Central American regions.

Galaxy Z Flip 5 June 2024 Security Update: What’s New In This Update

As per the information, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is spotted getting a June 2024 security patch update in Guatemala with the firmware version number F731BXXS2CXEA. With the latest update, you will get some new features that will improve the overall performance of the devices. The update is expected to be available to more units in the coming days.

The June 2024 security patch update for the Galaxy device will provide nearly 60 fixes, and Google has addressed 37 security vulnerabilities in the Android ecosystem. Meanwhile, Samsung has also brought 22 more patches that will improve the security of the Galaxy devices.

Additionally, the update may provide some new features that will improve the overall performance and enhancement of the devices. Along with this, the update may also offer some differences, which will enhance the overall performance and stability of the devices.

If you use the Galaxy Z Flip 5 in the Central American region, you should receive new update notifications on your device. If you haven’t received an update, you can manually check for it.

The Galaxy Z Flip 5 was launched back in 2023; the device came with Android 13, and later, it grabbed its first significant update in the form of Android 14 and One UI 6.1. According to the Samsung software policy, it will get a new update till five years from the launch, so the device, where the device will get four major OS update and several security patch updates for five years

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Samsung introduced a Smart Device platform called SmartThings Pro

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Samsung introduced a new platform called SmartThings Pro, which is dedicated to smart devices. It is a pretty advanced version of their existing SmartThings platform specifically designed for businesses, corporations, enterprises, and schools. It will be released soon in South Korea and expand globally by the end of 2024. 

Samsung Inroduces SmartThings Pro

Samsung introduced SmartThings Pro at the Infocomm 2024 expo in Las Vegas, USA. The giant assures that it is a hyper-connectivity platform that authorizes improved integration between smart devices and services; for instance, it can be used to link and adequately manage air conditioning, humidity control, lighting, security cameras, intelligent signage displays, temperature control, and TVs in a hotel or office space. 

SmartThings Pro offers a separate dashboard view for checking each device’s connection status through AI analysis. Its AI Energy Saving Mode can reduce the power consumption of devices such as AC and displays in a business environment. Samsung’s enterprise-grade smart device management platform will feature APIs that businesses and enterprises can use to merge their systems into SmartThings Pro. 

Cisco’s Control Hub will bring its famous video conferencing solution, whereas Aqara’s collaboration will enhance hotel guests’ experiences. The Korean giant has also started gearing up to integrate Quividi’s cloud-based customer data analysis platform. 

The Vice President of Samsung Electronics’ B2B Solutions Team, Park Chan-woo, stated, “We will further develop Samsung Electronics’ IoT solutions for the B2B market through SmartThings Pro. We will provide customized solutions optimized for everything from residential and commercial spaces to public facilities like schools.”   

Apart from this, the Korean giant also introduced its massive 420-inch display, The Wall, a modular Micro LED display. It features extremely high brightness, self-emissive pixels, perfect blacks, self-emissive pixels, and more. The brand has also displayed its transparent Micro LED TV technology. SmartThings Pro is compatible with intelligent digital signages and hotel TVs that run Tizen 7.0.

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