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Samsung Introduces 10nm DRAM Chips, Mass Produces 18nm Chips

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Samsung to reveal 10nm mobile DRAM as well

Even though semiconductor giant Intel (INTC) delayed its 10nm (nanometer) CPUs (central processing units), Samsung started production of the CPUs. Samsung introduced the first DDR4 (double data rate 4) chips well ahead of its competitors such as SK Hynix (HXSCF) and Micron (MU). Samsung also stated that it will reveal its 10nm mobile DRAM (dynamic random-access memory) “in the near future.”

The memory is 30% faster and uses 20% less power. Samsung (SSNLF) released its 10nm NAND (negative AND) flash for solid state drives and other storage products in 2015 as well.

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Samsung starts production of 18nm DRAM chips

Samsung started manufacturing 18nm DRAM chips. They will help reduce production costs and increase profitability. DRAM prices fell ~50% in 2015.

Samsung completed the design and development of the chip. It was expected to start production by the end of 2Q16 at the latest. In 2014, Samsung was also the first to adopt 20nm chip technology. It started mass production of the chip.

Micron and SK Hynix are also focusing on designing and manufacturing their own 18nm chips. Even though their chips will hit the markets later this year, Samsung’s products will be available to customers much earlier.

Micron Technology accounts for 3.7% of the iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (SOXX).

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