Samsung to produce Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chips
Update: Samsung to produce Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chips on its 14nm FinFET process.
It seems Samsung’s foundries will have no shortage of orders in the months to come. The company’s 14nm FinFET production process, originally developed for its in-house built Exynos chips. In spite of that, it has also naturally drawn the attention of other chip makers. By all accounts, Qualcomm’s next powerhouse SoC – the Snapdragon 820, will also be produced by Samsung. And by using the same 14nm FinFET process intended for its new Exynos 8 Octa chips.
According to Samsung–
“The new 14nm LPP process can offer up to 15 percent higher speed and 15 percent lower power consumption over the previous 14nm LPE process. This is possible through the enhancements in transistor structure and process optimization.”
The process in question is actually a second-generation FinFET, which delivers up to 15% higher speeds and roughly the same improvement. The improvements are especially in terms of power consumption over its predecessor. It is dubbed LPP(Low-Power Plus) and is an all-round improvement over last-years 14nm LPE process. Despite the absence of a subsequent die shrink. This is achieved through the use of fully-depleted FinFET transistors. In addition to that, numerous other improvements to transistor structure and process optimization.
This definitely levels out the playing field between Samsung and Qualcomm in their next-gen flagship chipsets, at least to some degree and is definitely beneficial to users in the grand scheme of things, enabling new more powerful and less power hungry devices.
However, it still leaves plenty of room for competition in other aspects, most-notably – processor cores architecture. After sticking with standard ARM cores for a while, Samsung has turned to a custom-core solution with the Exynos 8890. Qualcomm has also returned to a custom-core solution with the Snapdragon 820.
Consumer devices powered by the Snapdragon 820 processors are expected to hit the market in the first half of this year. In case you missed it, the Le Max Pro smartphone is the first Snapdragon 820-powered smartphone. The Galaxy S7 and Xiaomi Mi 5 are likely to be the next smartphones to be equipped with this chipset.
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