All in - Galaxy S6 & S6 edge on AT&T carry Samsung "Shannon" LTE modems, Wolfson DACs

All in - Galaxy S6 & S6 edge on AT&T carry Samsung
UPDATE (April 7 2015): Clarified that only the Galaxy S6 & S6 edge on AT&T have Samsung-made baseband chips.

Patent and technology research firm Chipworks published a report detailing the hardware components used in the Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 edge. Of note is that Samsung's latest smartphones feature in-house made components in abundance. The chipset (Exynos 7420), the RAM memory ( K3RG3G30MM-DGCH 3GB LPDDR4 SDRAM) & flash memory (KLUBG4G1BD 32GB NAND Flash), and the image processor (C2N8B6) are all Samsung made, but most importantly, the modem and Wi-Fi module are built in-house as well. The S6 & S6 edge on AT&T carry the Samsung "Shannon" 333 modem and 3853B5 Wi-Fi Module, which sets a precedent for today's Android devices. 

The vast majority of 3G/4G-connected devices sold in Western markets from name manufacturers have been relying on Qualcomm chipsets and their integrated multiband LTE modems. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge make no exception, as most of their versions around global carriers and markets employ Qualcomm basebands. However, Samsung is the first to eschew the application processor, graphics unit, and baseband provided by the US chipset powerhouse in favor of its own solutions, and put its product on sale with a large American carrier. This serves to illustrate the insatiable growth ambitions of Samsung's semiconductor division, which is seeking success beyond supplying flash memory for global clients and making chipsets for the Apple iPhone. The market is due for a shakeup in the next couple of years if Samsung establishes itself as an all-in semiconductor supplier. Recent analyst expectations go as far as suggesting Qualcomm might be looking to adopt Samsung's industry-leading 14nm mobile AP manufacturing process for its own products.

Other notable items from the GS6 and GS6 edge's components list include a Wolfson WM1840 digital audio converter, as well as assorted chips from Broadcom, Skyworks, Avago, Maxim, and STMicro. The full list is available below:

  • Samsung Exynos 7420 SoC
  • Samsung K3RG3G30MM-DGCH 3Gb LPDDR4 SDRAM and Samsung KLUBG4G1BD 32GB NAND Flash
  • Samsung Shannon 333 Modem, Shannon 533 PMIC, Samsung S2MPS15 PMIC, Samsung Shannon 928 RF Transceiver and Samsung Shannon 710 Envelope Tracking IC
  • Broadcom BCM4773 GNSS Location Hub
  • InvenSense MPU-6500 Gyro + Accelerometer
  • Skyworks SKY78042 Multimode Multiband (MMMB) Front-End Module (FEM)
  • Avago AFEM-9020 PAM and Avago ACPM-7007 PAM
  • Samsung C2N8B6 Image Processor
  • Maxim MAX98505 Class DG Audio Amplifier and Maxim MAX77843 Companion PMIC
  • Samsung Electro-Mechanics 3853B5 Wi-Fi Module
  • N5DDPS2 (Likely Samsung NFC Controller (P/N needs to be confirmed)
  • Wolfson WM1840 Audio CODEC
  • Texas Instruments BQ51221 Single Chip Wireless Power Receiver
  • Skyworks SKY13415 Antenna Switch
  • STMicro FT6BH Touch Screen Controller

Chipworks also published a die photograph and die mark of the Exynos 7420. If you are curious how your new Galaxy S6's chipset looks from up close, look no further:


source: Chipworks (cached)

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Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)

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17 Comments

1. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Sqmsung step up the game forcing competitors to wake up. Good job Sammy.

2. KENTOZ

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

What wake up??

3. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Yes he is write, samsung woke up the competition. Name one OEM, that is pushing boundaries irrespective of all challenges. Samsung is the most hated and despised manufacturer yet they don't allow the hate to get to them. How many articles about samsung releasing a new tech have you read on this site? How many OEMS are doing same things? Look at the advancement in OLED technology? Look at their flash drives, Memeory and so on. They deserve to be praised.

4. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Bro haters gonna hate and Sammy gonna roll. I can proudly say that I own devices from the company called "Samsung". The leader in tech innovations.

8. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

The funny thing is they keep hating on the same company that provides at least one or two components in their precious phones. Very funny if you think about it. Lol

15. danchoi704

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 18, 2008

I wonder if any of the components in my m8 are made by Apple.

16. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Apple only designs it's own A-Series SoC processors and this year again, Samsung is fabricating them. Nothing in any other phone is designed or especially made by Apple. Who is even more dependent on outsourcing, than HTC and a majority of smartphones, computers, electronics device makers. Plus even Apple's A-series chip design is primarily what they bought from PA Semi and Intrinsity Logic Systems. A7, A8 and A9 are basically PA Semi's PWRficient Dual core 64bit SoC designs. Which were designed under license from IBM's PowerPC RISC Architecture for desktops. Just remapped to ARMv8 Instruction Sets! Apple is primarily just a Gypsy Circus Barker Selling Snake Oil they don't make themselves and only rebranding it, to make it look like they actually make things for their iProles and iDiot Cult of the Mac True Believers to be deluded into believing they actually make them. Of course we know they all believe Apple Invented Everything..... including the Sun, the Moon and the Stars iEons Before the DAWN of TIME!!! :D

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung is only hated by the idiotic, purposely stupid, Apple fans who keep forgetting if it wasn't for the yields on the Samsung foundries, the iPhone would be toast. You can by pretty much any electronics device in the world, and Samsung either has their own chip of some type in it, or they fabricated someone else's chip inside it. Samsung unlike most OEM's, actually makes stuff.

5. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Samsung is in the forefront of mobile technology and communications. We are advancing. This is good news for us consumers.

6. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

SAMSUNG

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

wolfscon DAC..here i come..

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

They really went all out on this one it seems. Too bad they didn't go crazy on software too. If this had something better than stock or sense, WOW.

17. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

They did go all out on software. Touchwiz is not simply Samsung version of a Full Desktop GUI components mated with Android GUI. They have incorporated their use of Open Source (which they are now in TOP 5 Open Source contributors, if not #1 these days) Enlightenment Desktop Environment SDK in Tizen! This is a full Open Standards GUI, only using Google Android Style, look n feel components. Otherwise unlike Android, the internals are full on Desktop GUI components with revised and streamlined features. While Google and Apple are still hanging onto stripped down features meant for weak mobile hardware from over 8yrs ago. This is the primary reason both Android and iOS are still not able to do Drag n Drop App to App in Multiscreen/Multiwindow/Multitasking features the Linux Foundation has been using for over 2 decades. It's why only Samsung devices remain the only mobile devices with more powerful hardware today (Exynos is equivalent to Intel i5), that can do full System Wide IBM Style "Pervasive Multitasking"... instead of 30yr old NeXT engineers fake multitasking. Which even OS X is still using as well as iOs called "Preemptive Task Management". Which was designed to run primarily on single threaded chips of the 80's and since it simply stacks processes, tasks and Apps one on top of the other.... it's an antiquated old feature that simply suspends one task to allow another more important one to run on top. It's extremely fast, but only at doing ONE THING AT A TIME!!! .....and Android is also using this method, since lots of hardware is not capable enough yet to do Pervasive Multitasking. Therefore..... Touchwiz (if they keep the name) remains the most Productive GUI on any Mobile Device on the Planet! If.... and this is why it's so ludicrous to hate on Touchwiz.... there was a Benchmark that could test for GUI Multifunctional Features..... only Touchwiz with it's many Enlightenment Full Desktop Features could actually do so many things at once.... while the rest of the competition are busy only doing ONE THING AT A TIME!!! ;-P .....because that's all they can really do! Samsung is the only mobile device maker, whose Exynos chips can be called HMP (Heterogeneous Multicore Processors) HPC (High Performance Computers) Cluster Cores in a SoC processor (System on a Chip). Meaning with Exynos 7420 they are bonafide (Teraflop) Super Computers for a 1st of kind. Which are destined to be used as ARM HPC Cluster Packed RACK Super Computers. Next thing you know (like EU's Mont Blanc HPC Super Computer Project using Exynos) we'll be seeing Samsung Exynos ARM Powered HPC Cluster Super Computers in the Top 100 beating out Intel chips. Their Energy efficiency already dwarfs anything from Intel or AMD x86 powered computers!

10. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Samsung going back to the days of manufacturing components themselves

11. verybeo

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

s**t, just lika a wonder

12. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

If you love listening to music on Android devices, Samsung still uses the Wolfson DAC. I'm glad my old Epic 4G, Nexus S 4G and my Note 2 have them, too bad my OG Note 1 and Note 4 have Qualcomm chips so no Wolfson DAC.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

There are 7 acknowledged wonders of the world, Samsung is the 8th. Until someone gives me better for what I am willing to pay, I will be sticking with there are a while.

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