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Samsung: We're building the best mobile chips, lots of them

The Korean electronics giant ramps up production of tiny, powerful 10-nanometer chips.

Samsung makes most of its processors in South Korea factories, pictured here in 2013.

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Samsung says it's leading the quest for mobile computing supremacy.

The company said Monday it has begun producing cutting-edge 10-nanometer chips in volume, adding that it's the first electronics maker to do so.

As conventional wisdom goes, the more transistors on a chip, the faster that chip processes information. Chip manufacturers, like Samsung and Intel, keep shrinking the size of transistors so more can be placed together with each subsequent generation of the technology. A 10-nanometer chip should provide more number-crunching power in the same space.

By comparison, the latest crop of Android handsets, including the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, use Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chips, which rely on 14-nanometer circuitry.

Samsung said the advanced silicon is slated for an undisclosed device that should launch in early 2017.