As you probably know, most top-tier Android phone manufacturers out there trust only one brand of chip-maker for the chipsets that power their flagship handsets. We are talking about Qualcomm, of course, and its Snapdragon family of systems-on-chip. The company has now announced its flagship product for the beginning of 2017 — the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.
Much like the 820, the Snapdragon 835 has been developed in partnership with Samsung. The latter has been making great strides in the field of SoC development as of late and has managed to provide Qualcomm with the technology to build chipsets on a 10 nm FinFET process. If you are a bit fuzzy on what those nanometers mean — you may want to check out our in-depth article on the matter here. But the short story is: the smaller the chip, the more energy-efficient it is.
As per the official press release, compared to its 14 nm Snapdragon 820 predecessor, the 835 can be 30% smaller, have 27% higher performance, and be 40% more energy-efficient. This means a bit more breathing room inside smartphones for other components (please don't remove any more 3.5 mm jacks!) and better battery life... as far as the SoC is involved, at least.
The new processor will also support Qualcomm's next generation of fast-charging — Quick Charge 4.0. It is said to provide 20% faster charging than the already impressive Quick Charge 3.0. As a quick example – the HTC 10, LG G5, and Galaxy S7 all charge up to 100% for 80-100 minutes, but need only a few minutes on a charger in order to get hours worth of juice. Quick Charge 4.0 will also be fully compliant with USB Type-C, so phones equipped with the reversible data port will no longer need to suffer slower charging times.
NEW YORK and SEOUL, South Korea, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., have extended their decade-long strategic foundry collaboration to manufacture Qualcomm Technologies' latest Snapdragon premium processor, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835, with Samsung's 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology.
The decision to use Samsung's cutting edge process in the next generation premium processor highlights Qualcomm Technologies' continued dedication in being the technology leader in mobile platforms.
"We are excited to continue working together with Samsung in developing products that lead the mobile industry," said Keith Kressin, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies. Inc. "Using the new 10nm process node is expected to allow our premium tier Snapdragon 835 processor to deliver greater power efficiency and increase performance while also allowing us to add a number of new capabilities that can improve the user experience of tomorrow's mobile devices."
In October, Samsung announced they are the first in the industry to enter mass production of 10nm FinFET technology. Compared to its 14nm FinFET predecessors, Samsung's 10nm technology allows up to a 30% increase in area efficiency with 27% higher performance or up to 40% lower power consumption. Using 10nm FinFET, the Snapdragon 835 processor will offer a smaller chip footprint, giving OEMs more usable space inside upcoming products to support larger batteries or slimmer designs. Process improvements, combined with a more advanced chip design, are expected to bring significant improvements in battery life.
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with Qualcomm Technologies in producing the Snapdragon 835 using our 10nm FinFET technology," said Jong Shik Yoon, executive vice president and head of foundry business, Samsung. "This collaboration is an important milestone for our foundry business as it signifies confidence in Samsung's leading chip process technology."
Snapdragon 835 is in production now and expected to ship in commercial devices in the first half of 2017. Snapdragon 835 follows the Snapdragon 820/21 processor, which has over 200 designs in development.
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