Samsung plans 20nm and 14nm smartphone chips
Samsung is investing $1.9bn in the production of 20nm and 14nm chips for smartphones, and will most likely produce them at its plant in Texas
Besides Intel, Samsung is perhaps the only other manufacturer that is investing in chipmaking at the moment. It has announced to Reuters that it is going to build a chip line for 300mm wafers that are built on 20nm and 14nm processes.
The cost of this chip line is estimated to cost Samsung $1.9bn, and while the location of production for the new line is unannounced, it might be possible that the chips will be produced at Samsung's Texas property which currently produces chips for both Samsung and Apple's smartphones.
Gartner research predicts that orders for smartphone chips will soar from $23bn in 2011 to $59bn in 2016. Samsung looks like it can lock horns with Intel and dominate the semiconductor market thanks to process advantages that smaller manufacturers lack.
Samsung is also building a new plant in China to produce NAND flash storage chips.