Samsung to Be Sole Manufacturer of Snapdragon 820
Qualcomm has selected Samsung to manufacture the Snapdragon 820 processor. Samsung is kicking off mass production of its second-generation 14nm LPP (Low-Power Plus) process, which is what it will use to make the Snapdragon 820. Samsung says its 3D FinFET structure on transistors provides gains in raw performance and power efficiency. For example, the 14nm LPP process delivers 15% faster speeds and 15% less power consumption when compared to its first-generation 14nm process. Qualcomm has traditionally used Taiwan Semiconductor to fabricate its silicon. Qualcomm said Samsung will be the only company to make its top-of-the-line mobile processor. The deal could earn Samsung as much as $1 billion. Qualcomm and Samsung both expect to see the 820 ship in consumer devices during the first half of the year. Samsung has seen profits drop over the last year and is looking to diversify its product mix. Samsung increased its investment in manufacturing facilities during 2015 in order to win exactly this type of business.
Huawei Takes Aim at Snapdragon 810 with Kirin 950
Huawei today announced the Kirin 950 chipset for phones, which is designed to compete with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800-series chipsets in higher-end phones. Huawei claims that the 950 is 25% faster and 44% more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm's current flagship chip.
Qualcomm Weighing Samsung's Fab for Snapdragon 820
Qualcomm might turn to competitor Samsung to make its next top-of-the-line mobile processor, reports Re/Code. Qualcomm has historically used Taiwan Semiconductor to fabricate its processors, but Samsung's capabilities are more advanced.
Samsung Churning Out 14nm Processors
Samsung today announced it has begun mass producing a new mobile application processor based on its 14nm process. Compared to Samsung's 20nm process, the 14nm process delivers 20% faster speeds, 35% less power consumption, and 30% productivity gain.
Qualcomm Fully Reveals the Snapdragon 820
Qualcomm today unveiled the Snapdragon 820 processor, a top-of-the-line chip bound for flagship handsets and tablets. The 820 features a Qualcomm-designed, 64-bit quad-core Kryo processor.
Samsung's 2nd-Gen 10nm Process Delivers Performance Boost
Samsung this week said it has finished testing its second-generation 10nm FinFET process and is ready to produce the silicon in volume. The 10LPP (Low Power Plus) technology, used in conjunction with 3D transistors, improves speeds by about 10%, or power efficiency by about 15% when compared to the first-generation 10nm process.
It totally don't make sense to me, how you give access to your technology to your stronger competitor?