These are Samsung's latest memory chips. They might not look much, but they're 20 per cent smaller and 30 per cent faster than the current standard — and they're already destined to appear in your next phone.

Their secret lies in a shrinking manufacturing technique, which allows adjacent features on the chip to be packed closer together; for the nerds out there, Samsung has shifted from a 20 nanometre process to 10 nanometre process. That means a bump in efficiency — giving speeds a 30 per cent kick in the butt — while also allowing the devices to shrink.

That means they take up 20 per cent less space, which is all important in the crazy-thin devices we're used to. They went in to full-scale production last month, too, and not just for Sammy — so they'll turn up in a smartphone or tablet near you soon, whatever the brand. [Engagdget]