Samsung reported to have completed 7nm development six months ahead of schedule, could be used in Snapdragon 855

Samsung has finished the development of 7nm manufacturing technology six months ahead of schedule and the development process could be used for the next flagship phone chip, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.

This is great news for phone enthusiasts as the manufacturing process has a great impact on the productivity and battery efficiency of a chip. Our battery test, showed a big, double digit improvement in battery life with the Snapdragon 835 system chip, the first flagship mobile chip built on the 10nm process. Samsung Electronics is expected to start manufacturing the new …


Samsung breaks ground on the 7nm foundry that will cast the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 chipsets

Samsung just tooled up for mass production of the chipsets that will go into the Galaxy S10 and Note 10, as it is breaking ground on a brand new foundry this week, tasked with making the plunge all the way down to the 7nm production node. The factory costs $5.6 billion, yet Samsung has further expansion plans about it, since the 7nm process will be with us for at least a few years going forward.

The Snapdragon 845 chipset that is about to debut in the Galaxy S9, is packing Qualcomm’s X20 modem, which does 1.2 Gbps, so we’d wager to guess that the 7nm X24 modem …

Snapdragon 855 in Galaxy S10 could be the first 7nm mobile processor, tips contractor

Qualcomm won’t say it, but their contractors do. Snapdragon 855 (SDM855) is the first 7nm SoC. (probably the one the X24 modem ends up in) pic.twitter.com/Ot1J34fQoG— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) 15 февруари 2018 г. 

Yesterday, Qualcomm came out of the blue with the first chipset made on the groundbreaking 7nm process, but this one was a wireless modem, the X24, which will allow phones equipped with it to reach 2 Gbps 4G LTE download speeds. 

The Snapdragon 845 that is about to debut in the Galaxy S9 ten days from now, is packing X20, which does 1.2 Gbps, …

Qualcomm unveils 2Gbps X24 modem, hinting at 7nm Snapdragon 855 for the Galaxy S10

Despite its spats with Apple, and the subsequent loss of one of its biggest clients to Intel, Qualcomm remains the top dog when it comes to cellular connectivity, and it just announced the first wireless modem that can hit 2 Gbps 4G LTE downloads, the X24, and the first chip announced to use the 7nm production process, ready to go into “commercial devices” by year’s end. 

That’s much faster than the X20 in Snapdragon 845 which is arriving with Galaxy S9. That one can take advantage of up to 1.2 Gbps speeds, just like the current top modem, found …

Samsung reportedly scores Apple’s chip business back, 7nm A12 processor in tow

The glory days for the TSMC chip foundry may be over soon, if a new report out of Korea is to be believed. TSMC became the sole supplier of Apple’s A-series processors in 2013, and never looked back. This year, it has been tasked with producing the 10nm Apple A11 chipsets, and the expected upgrade super cycle brought on by the iPhone 8, has shot the TSMC shares into the stratosphere, making its founder a billionaire in the process.
That sweet deal with Apple may be coming to an end, a Korean publication tips, as Samsung has eventually won back Apple’s chip business. …

Report: Qualcomm will drop Samsung and partner with TSMC on 7nm chips

At the moment, Qualcomm uses Samsung as its partner to help turn its mobile chip designs into real life components. But a report out of Korea that was released today suggests that once Qualcomm is ready for the production of chips using the 7nm process, Samsung will be dropped in favor of TSMC. There is talk that ever since the second half of last year, Qualcomm has been designing 7nm Snapdragon chips using tools provided by TSMC.

Qualcomm relied on Samsung’s production expertise to produce the Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 821 chipsets using the 14nm process. This year’s Snapdragon 835 …

Snapdragon 845 could be Qualcomm's next high end chipset, made using 7nm process

Last month, we told you that Samsung and TSMC were chomping at the bit, each hoping to be designated a manufacturer of the next flagship Qualcomm chipset expected to be called the Snapdragon 845. Using the 7nm process, this SoC should be found inside next year’s high-end handsets with the Samsung Galaxy S9 getting first crack at employing it. Rumors have the chip rolling off the line early next year, which suggests that Samsung will return to its regular time frame next year and introduce its next flagship at MWC 2018. The annual conference will take place in 2018 starting on February 26th and …

MediaTek and TSMC trialing new 7nm smartphone processor with mad CPU core count

Sources close to the matters at hand report that Taiwanese silicon slinger TSMC will start trial production of a 12-CPU core chipset from MediaTek on a cutting-edge 7nm production process. The latter means that the new processor is expected to be faster and more power-efficient than 10nm chips before it – and here’s why.
As for the nutsy number of CPU cores, 12 actually sounds like a logical upgrade from the 10-CPU core architecture that MediaTek pioneered with the Helio X20 and X25 chipsets from 2015. Despite this, such a number probably …