Samsung skipped the 4nm process to defeat TSMC in the chip technology competition

Samsung jumped ahead of the 4nm process to outperform TSMC in the race for silicon technology. According to foreign media reports, it was discovered yesterday that Samsung has revised the roadmap for the chip process and skipped the 4nm process, a direct upgrade from 5nm to 3nm.

Samsung skipped the 4nm process to defeat TSMC in the chip technology competition

Samsung’s move was aimed at gaining a competitive edge in the technology race to beat leading chip manufacturer TSMC, which is currently at the forefront of the industry.

TSMC has been a leader in chip processes in recent years, with its 7nm and 5nm processes being the first to go into mass production and a large number of chip foundry orders, even more, continuous exclusive A-series foundry processors for Apple from 2016.

Samsung skipped the 4nm process to defeat TSMC in the chip technology competition

Samsung was formerly an OEM for Apple’s A-series processors, but in 2015 the company launched the iPhone 6S series as an OEM for Apple’s A9 processor. Samsung’s 14nm process also consumes more power than TSMC’s 16nm process. As far as the chip process is concerned, it lags behind TSMC, whose advanced process has also won a large number of orders for the chip foundry.

However, the question is whether Samsung would be able to get the chip process up and running with the 3nm process by skipping the 4nm process and upgrading directly from 5nm to 3nm. It’s hard to say at the moment because TSMC has also developed a 3nm process and has been planning it for years.

TSMC’s 3nm process, which had been planned before the retirement of company founder Tadanori Chang, said in an interview eight months before his retirement that the 3nm process was conservatively planned for 2022. It is estimated that the transition could cost $15 billion and eventually reach $20 billion.

In a first-quarter analyst call on April 16 this year, Tetsuya Wei, vice chairman and CEO of TSMC, also spoke about the 3nm process and said that the development of the 3nm process is proceeding as planned and they plan to test production in 2021. Mass production is planned for the second half of 2022.

Samsung Presents UV Sterilizer, Can Kill 99 Percent Germs in 10 Minutes

Samsung Presents UV Sterilizer, Can Kill 99 Percent Germs in 10 Minutes

Samsung has introduced a new gadget “UV Sterilizer”‘ with an interesting feature that helps users keep their mobile phones free from bacteria and germs.

This charger has a UV sterilizer to sterilize the mobile devices and eliminate up to 99% of bacteria in about 10 minutes. And all this while the user charges his mobile phone regularly.

As you can see in the picture, this process of charging and sterilizing the device takes place in a box (22.8 x 12.8 x 4.9 cm) with a charging station and magnetic cover. It has an LED indicator, an off status, and other options that the user can control according to requirements.

Although the phone can be connected to any device you need for charging, the UV process only takes about 10 minutes and kills all germs and bacteria that may be present on either side of the device.

Samsung Presents UV Sterilizer, Can Kill 99 Percent Germs in 10 Minutes

UV Sterilizer, that seems to be designed for different types of devices and gadgets, as Samsung mentions that it can also be implemented with other products of the brand, such as Galaxy Bud. Of course, the process will not lead to the same result in all of them.

So it will be an investment that will be used to keep some gadgets sterile. Or at least for users in Thailand, which seems to be the only market with this range of Samsung gadgets. So don’t look for it in your local Samsung store, because it’s not available in our latitudes. In the advertising picture, you can see that it is THB 1590, which at the exchange rate would be about 50 dollars or 45 euros.

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Samsung 980 PRO SSD passes Korean NRRA certification

Samsung 980 PRO SSD

Samsung is setting up to enter the consumer PCIe 4.0 SSD market by delivering its 980 Pro SSD to the masses at speeds that outperform all existing consumer SSDs.

Samsung 980 PRO passes Korean NRRA certification

It has been confirmed that Samsung’s 980 PRO SSD from Samsung has passed the South Korean NRRA, a regulatory body that certifies electronics. Reddit user wickedplayer494 was the first to discover this list, and the Korean list confirms that 250GB, 500GB and 1TB models of the new Samsung 980 PRO SSD are planned.

The 980 PRO destroys all PCIe 4.0-based M.2 SSDs that offer sequential read speeds of 5 GB/s with a Phison driver. At CES 2020, Samsung confirmed that the new 980 PRO from Samsung will offer sequential read speeds of 6.5 GB/s and sequential write speeds of 5 GB/s. However, the performance of models with less than 1TB may be lower.

Samsung 980 PRO SSD

To achieve these speeds, Samsung has developed a new PCIe 4.0-compliant SSD controller, improved its V-NAND 3D to achieve higher power efficiency and access speeds, and increased the size of its V-NAND memory to 128 layers.

Like the older SSD of the Samsung 9X0 PRO series, the SSD 980 PRO is also expected to use MLC NAND, a premium NAND type that promises a longer life than the current NAND FTA.

At this time we do not know when this new PCIe 4.0 SSD will be released. We will keep you up to date.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G version revealed, possibly with Snapdragon 865+

Galaxy Z Flip 5G

Galaxy Z Flip 5G appeared on the website of the Chinese regulatory authority Tenaa. Earlier this year, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S20 series and a 4G folding phone, known as the “Galaxy Z Flip”. Galaxy Z Flip did not come with a Snapdragon 865 processor, support for the 5G networks are a big disappointment to consumers. Recently, a new Samsung device was released at TENAA, and it is believed that it is the Galaxy Z Flip 5G version.

Galaxy Z Flip 5G

According to the pictures of the phone, it is almost identical to the Galaxy Z Flip. It has a double rear-facing camera and an edge-flash LED next to the camera. On the outside, there is also a screen with a SIM card slot on the left and volume control and the fingerprint reader on the right.

On the front of the assembly, the Galaxy Z Flip is equipped with a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2636×1080. An additional small screen for support is 300×112 pixels. As far as the processor is concerned, the model runs on a Snapdragon 865+ processor, which is complemented by 8+256 GB RAM.

In terms of battery life, the Galaxy Z Flip 5G comes with a 2500mAH + 704mAH battery in two parts. It has a 12-megapixel front camera and a 12-megapixel + 10-megapixel dual camera combination on the back. Information from the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) shows that the phone also supports 15W fast charging and Wi-Fi 802.11ax. The Galaxy Z Flip 5G will be released later this year and should cost a little more than the Galaxy Z Flip 4G version.

Samsung unveils its 4K outdoor smart TV Terrace

Terrace Outdoor 4K Smart TV

Samsung has just released its first version of intelligent outdoor TVs. This is how the brand launched its Terrace Outdoor 4K Smart TV. The new smart TV is equipped with a QLED panel, has a resolution of 4K, and is certified IP55 dust and waterproof.

It has an excellent panoramic screen, so you can enjoy all kinds of content outdoors, even if the sunlight is shining directly on it. It also offers support for integrating Apple TV, iTunes, Apple Music, and AirPlay 2.

The brand unveiled its latest product in a bookstore and at a press conference. Smart TV Terrace 4K is the first 4K QLED branded TV that can be used outside the home. It is equipped with the Smart TV platform, which includes most of the most popular streaming, applications, and services.

There is also support for voice commands from Alexa’s personal assistant, as well as from Bixby itself which is the brand’s own virtual assistant, as we know. With an impressive 2,000 points of light and an anti-reflective coating applied, the terrace is able to maintain a solid visual experience in the surrounding environment, no matter what the light out there.

Terrace Outdoor 4K Smart TV

Motion Rate 240 can provide a 120 Hz refresh rate, allowing users to enjoy smooth playback of virtually any type of content we watch, whether it’s a sporting event or other content that involves a lot of movement.

Terrace QLED 4K Smart TV is available for sale from today, and we believe this will be the case until we arrive in our country. Together we can expect to have a Terrace Sound Bar in the near future.

Samsung closes all services of the Samsung XR platform

Samsung closes all services of the Samsung XR platform

The announcement was posted on the Samsung XR site. With the completion of the Gear VR South Korean Samsung project, all applications for BP video on the web, smartphone glasses, and standalone devices will roll down.

Samsung closes all services of the Samsung XR platform

Samsung completes servicing its XR applications on the web, mobile, and headset platforms. The service will be discontinued on September 30, 2020. The following changes will be made on the following dates during this period:

From now on:

  • Access to 360° video downloads will be discontinued;
    all Samsung XR and Samsung VR Video customers will no longer receive updates.
    Status: June 30, 2020:
  • The Samsung VR Video application is not supported on Oculus Go, Oculus Rift or Oculus Quest and will be removed from the Oculus Store.
    Status: September 30, 2020:
  • All Samsung XR user accounts are deactivated and deleted. All user accounts and associated data are irrevocably deleted from the XR service.
  • All published videos are deleted from the XR service. The data will not be restored after deletion.
  • Samsung XR is not responsible for any loss or damage caused by the removal of the video.
  • The Samsung VR video application is no longer supported on Samsung Gear VR or Windows Odyssey. The application will also be removed from Oculus and Microsoft Mixed Reality stores.
  • The Samsung XR mobile application is no longer supported on Android devices. The mobile app will also be removed from the Galaxy Store and Google Play.
  • Samsung XR (formerly Samsung VR) is a video hosting platform that offers professional and user-generated content. At the time of writing, Samsung has already disabled the ability to download and purchase videos and stopped updating all XR and Samsung VR Video customers.

It will not be possible to return money for content. According to the Samsung XR Terms of Service, all sales are final.

On May 11, 2020, the analysis function of the Creator portal was disabled. Users will no longer be able to access video content and analytics. On the same day, XR turned off the function of creating live broadcasts in a spherical format. Before the Samsung XR service ends on September 30, 2020, previously created live broadcasts can be viewed on Samsung XR (if created with on-demand access). After this date, all videos will be removed from the service, including live streaming recordings available on demand.

As of June 30, the company will no longer support the Samsung VR video application on Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and Oculus Quest by removing it from the Oculus Store. On September 30, all user data, including stored and published videos, will be irretrievably deleted.

Users who install the Samsung VR Video application on their devices before September 30 will be able to use offline features, including the ability to download spherical videos from other devices.

On September 30, 2020, all videos and 3D content posted on samsungxr.com will be deleted. After this date, users will no longer have access to the accounts of the creator portal. The data will not be available for recovery.

Samsung Isocell GN1 sensor, the largest Dual Pixel architecture technology

GN1 sensor

The Korean company officially announced a new generation of ISOCELL GN1 sensor, that can integrate dual-pixel focusing and Tetracell pixel clump technology.

The new sensor, named ISOCELL GN1, is the first model in the ISOCELL series to offer both dual-pixel focusing technology and tetra cell pixel aggregation. The old-style pixel sensor models such as GM1 (48MP), GW1 (64MP), HMX, and HM1 (108MP) only have the traditional PDAF focus but cannot integrate dual-pixel. This is also one reason for the disappointing AF performance of the Galaxy S20 Ultra with ISOCELL HM1.

50 megapixels specialized in low light and Dual Pixel architecture

Samsung Isocell GN1 sensor, the largest Dual Pixel architecture technology

The GN1 is the first ISOCELL sensor to integrate a dual-pixel focus with Tetracell

However, with GN1, Samsung immediately integrated dual pixels together with pixel aggregation, such as the IMX689 sensor that Sony developed specifically for Oppo Find X2 Pro. According to Samsung, the sensor will take impressive underexposed photos thanks to Tetracell, which combines 4 pixels in one, while still offering a focusing speed that reaches the level of a DSLR thanks to Dual Pixel.

“ISOCELL GN1 is a guarantee of incredible image quality under all circumstances,” claims the Executive Vice President of Samsung Sensor. In addition to successfully integrating dual pixel focus into a pixel sensor, Samsung also promises a new algorithm that can process the light information from each diode on the sensor and then output the image at 100MP resolution.

The new sensor has a resolution of 50MP, almost half of the 108MP sensor of the Galaxy S20 Ultra

In terms of specifications, the GN1 sensor has a resolution of 50MP (8,160×6,144) at a size of 1 / 1.3 inches. The pixel is 1.2 microns in size, and when they are 2.4 microns together, the resolution is reduced from 50MP to 12.5MP, improving sensitivity for better images in low light conditions. 8K video can be recorded at 30 fps, 1080p @ 240 fps. Other technologies include Smart ISO, real-time HDR, and EIS.

Samsung says the sensor will begin mass production this month. It is not clear which smartphone company will use it first, nor is it clear whether the Galaxy Note 20 will use the new GN1 sensor immediately. Earlier rumors say that Samsung’s next flagship will still use the same camera configuration as the Galaxy S20 Ultra, i.e. a 108MP sensor without dual pixel.

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Galaxy S20 security chip protects against hardware attacks

Galaxy S20 security chip

Samsung has provided multiple layers of protection for the data stored on its smartphones and tablets. Its devices feature biometric authentication, Find My Phone, Samsung Knox, and Secure Wi-Fi capabilities to prevent unwanted use of data by malicious agents. However, it decided to offer a dedicated security chip on the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 +, and Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Galaxy S20 security chip protects against hardware attacks

Today, the company explained how its S3K250AF Security Element (SE) chip acts as a physical barrier against advanced hardware or physical attacks, protecting user data stored on smartphones from hackers and unauthorized persons. Hardware or physical attack is only possible if the hacker has physical access to the phone.

Samsung’s SE turnkey solution prevents malicious intrusions from manipulating the phone’s hardware components, triggering hardware failures, or analyzing electromagnetic or thermal emissions that can undermine smartphone security. The chip provides an isolated space to store confidential data such as biometric details, patterns, PINs, passwords, and even blocks private keys from third-party applications and services.

In addition to continuously encrypting and scrambling confidential data, security chips use physical barriers to defend against physical attacks. It can detect invalid voltage or temperature changes, current/clock error injections, and optical/laser methods to block side-channel attacks. This also makes it impossible for an attacker to reset the error counter against the wrong pattern, password, or PIN attempt to unlock the device.

The S3K250AF security chip in combination with software optimized by Samsung also supports Strongbox Keymaster, i.e. it can securely store private keys and sensitive data from third-party applications (e.g. crypto wallets or password managers). The South Korean smartphone giant claims that its enhanced security solution will provide a convenient mobile experience in the future.

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Samsung started selling laptops with QLED screens

Samsung started selling Galaxy Book series notebooks with QLED screen. This is the Galaxy Book Flex with its characteristic S-pen pen. There is also the medium model Galaxy Book Ion and the younger model Book Flex Alpha.

The budget version has the following indicators:
  • 13.3-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels
  • 10th Generation Intel Core Processors
  • 8/12 GB RAM
  • 256, 512 or 1024 GB of read-only memory
  • Wi-Fi 6.
Galaxy Book Ion and Flex will receive such specifications:
  • 13.3 or 15.6-inch screens with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels
  • 10th Generation Intel Core Processors
  • Intel Iris Plus, Intel UHD Graphics, or NVIDIA GeForce MX250 Graphics
  • Up to 16 GB of RAM
  • Acoustics created by Samsung and AKG
  • The cost starts at $ 850 (just over 63 thousand rubles).
All three laptops are available for order on the official website.

Samsung V-NAND, new generation memory ready to break the competition

Samsung V-NAND

Samsung Electronics is currently developing its seventh generation V-NAND memory with ultra-high 3D memory stack technology. The first model will have at least 160 layers, and the next ones are expected to have even more in the future.

Samsung V-NAND: 7th generation technology with 160 layers

The Korean company has shown no signs of abandoning the technology initiative of YMTC (a Chinese competitor). Its first 160-layer V NAND model will be launched simultaneously with YMTC’s 128-layer model by the end of 2020, so the drums of war between the two companies are already echoing on the horizon.

Date V-NAND
July 2013 1st generation (24-layer) 128Gb MLC V-NAND
August 2013 1st generation 128Gb MLC V-NAND 960GB SSD
August 2014 2nd generation (32-layer) 128Gb 3-bit V-NAND
September 2014 2nd generation V-NAND SSD
August 2015 3rd generation (48-layer) 256Gb 3-bit V-NAND
September 2015 3rd generation V-NAND SSD ‘850 EVO’, ‘950 PRO’
December 2016 4th generation (64-layer) 256Gb 3-bit V-NAND
January 2017 4th generation V-NAND SSD
January 2018 4th generation 512Gb V-NAND 30.72TB SAS SSD
May 2018 5th generation (9x-layer) 256Gb 3-bit V-NAND
June 2018 5th generation V-NAND SSD
June 2019 6th generation (1xx-layer) 256Gb 3-bit V-NAND
July 2019 6th generation V-NAND SSD

Samsung’s Ultra High 3D storage system is based on double-stack technology. This method creates electronic gaps at two different points in time to allow current to flow through the circuit. The current generation chips (96 layers) produce only one hole per cycle, so Samsung’s seventh-generation technology will increase its density by 67% compared to this. Their density could also be increased with other resources, such as by switching to more modern semiconductor nodes and 5-bit per cell (PLC) systems developed by KIOXIA.

Although we know that the first appearance on the market for Samsung’s seventh-generation technology is initially planned for the end of 2020, we do not yet have an introductory price ranges. There is also no news that the current coronavirus pandemic will lead to delays in the coming months, so we will have to wait for the next corporate statement for more news.