Samsung will produce Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipsets
Samsung has announced today that it will be producing the next generation of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs, the 820. This is great news for the South Korean electronics giant, following a massive blow to its chip making business, after the “chipgate” debacle, and supposedly loosing a deal for manufacturing the Apple A10 processor to TSMC.
Mass production for the 820 has already started, using Samsung’s 14nm Low Power Plus (LPP) process, the 2nd generation of the company’s 14nm FinFET process technology. Which will also be used in producing Samsung’s own Exynos 8 Octa processor. The company claims that by incorporating it’s three-dimensional FinFET structure on transistors allows for a significant power boost, and lower power consumption.
Exact details of the deal were not released, but it is expected that the chipset will be found in many flagship devices throughout the beginning of 2016. There is also speculation that Samsung may use the 820 in some variants of it’s upcoming Galaxy S7, and ReCode reported that this deal may have swayed Samsung into doing so. The first device to feature the new Snapdragon 820 was the LeTV Le Max Pro announced during this years CES.