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Without being able to manufacture the next generation of chips, Samsung is already talking about the following: it delays the 3 nanometers and announces the 2 nm ones by 2025

Samsung intended to start building its next generation of processors, the 3 nanometer (nm) chips, this year, but has run into technical difficulties in its design that have forced the South Korean company to announce the delay of its manufacture for the first half of 2022, as reported at the Samsung Foundry Forum meeting.

And to try to dilute the negative impact of the forced delay, it has announced that it already plans to start manufacturing its successor, the 2 nm chip, by 2025. Samsung has explained that this new processor will be a new step forward in this technology, with a increased performance, energy efficiency and size reduction.

Although the official justification for the delay of the 3nm chip is the technical difficulties of the new design, the truth is that the global shortage of processors that the market has suffered since the beginning of the pandemic has also played a decisive role in the delay. The manufacturers of this technology they have been subjected to unusual pressure, and have had to divert resources to try to increase their production. Even so, Samsung believes that the problem of the lack of chips will not be solved until well into 2022.

And the fact is that the shortage of chips has not only caused the delay of this Samsung technology. In August, the main rival of the South Koreans, the Taiwanese TSCM, also announced the delay in the manufacture of a processor with similar characteristics.

The delay in the manufacture of the 3 nanometer processor will affect, above all, the main South Korean customers: Qualcomm, IBM and Samsung itself, which uses them for many of its devices.

The chip shortage is having an extraordinary impact to a multitude of industries, from mobile device manufacturers to data center servers, through cars, computers or game consoles. A crisis that erupted shortly after the coronavirus pandemic began to hit the world in March 2020 and that has multiple causes, as we already analyzed in Engadget.

Via | CNET