Samsung to produce Snapdragon 820 processor
People who own smartphones are likely familiar with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile CPU brand but chances are they know nothing of the company that makes them. Well, it is not Qualcomm – instead they are made by TSMC, a Taiwanese company that also makes NVIDIA GPUs for example. This, however, will change very soon.
Qualcomm has decided to employ Samsung to make the upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor, which confirms the rumors that appeared a few weeks ago. Despite not using the Snapdragon 810 chip in its flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones, Samsung will now partner with Qualcomm in making the new mobile processor. The Snapdragon 820 will be made on the currently finest 14 nm tech process and will include a custom 64-bit core as well as an in-house graphics core and an industry-leading communications modem. The reason why Qualcomm wants Samsung to make the new chip is that TSMC is currently down to 16 nm, while Samsung has matured its 14 nm process that clearly has advantages. Apart from Qualcomm, Samsung will also serve Apple by producing the company’s A9 smartphone processor.
The new Snapdragon 820 will be out by the end of the year. The chip will power upcoming smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.