Rumor: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 to manufactured by Samsung on both 14nm and 10nm

Rumor: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 to manufactured by Samsung on both 14nm and 10nm
In the past few months, we've often heard rumors centered on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, the upcoming mobile SoC from the industry's leading mobile chip provider. We've witnessed numerous leaks, rumors, and the occasional benchmark result, and we've also heard that Qualcomm might be jumping the TSMC ship. 

Until today, it was widely believed that the Snapdragon 820 will be manufactured by Samsung using the same 14nm FinFET technology that Samsung currently uses to make the Exynos 7420, the chip that powers the entire Galaxy S6 line-up as well as the Galaxy Note5.

Earlier today, a fresh rumor from China brought an interesting variable to the equation. Allegedly, the Snapdragon 820 will initially be made on Samsung's 14nm FinFET technology, but the chip will migrate to a 10nm node once Samsung's 10nm chip foundries are ready for mass production. The Snapdragon 820 is said to enter mass production in either late 2015 or early 2016. Earlier this year, Samsung announced that it has finalized the specifications for its 10nm FinFET node and that sample production is expected to start by the end of 2015, followed by volume production in late 2016.

In the past few months, the source of this recent rumor has shared many details about upcoming chipsets such as the Samsung M1, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, and the NVIDIA Denver 2, but it remains to be seen if these details turn out to be accurate. Since none of this can be confirmed, make sure to maintain a dose of skepticism regarding the accuracy of this info.

On its part, Qualcomm did not mention the exact technology on which the Snapdragon 820 will be manufactured. The company announced that the chip will be manufactured using the non-planar FinFET technology, but this leaves so many options on the table, ranging from TSMC's 16nm node tech to Samsung's upcoming 10nm node technology.

Although it is still leading the mobile SoC industry, Qualcomm skipped a beat with the Snapdragon 810, a chip that has been affected by poor thermal efficiency. With the Snapdragon 820, the company is planning to change gears: the chip will launch with custom Hydra CPU cores, a new and faster Adreno 530GPU, a new DSP chip, as well as integrated anti-malware protection. 

source: Weibo via GforGames

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68 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Snadragon 801 will never forget...but this is a new chapter... Lord of the chips: Return of the quad-core Coming soon

8. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Same soon The same bragging about meaningless numbers.

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Oh, so 10 nm semiconductor process is meaningless now? Well, let the march of progress halt on.

19. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Bobbybuster= Lord of the trolls: Return of the arsehole.

20. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Apple brag about numbers every year. So sorry Bobby :)

48. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

His mom makes money with Android :p

50. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I don't even know what that means.

22. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

820 will fail initially. Have to wait for the 10nm chips to give the final verdict.

51. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Not so fast: there still will be octas A72 from LG and Huawei and Exynos 8890 with biglittle.

2. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Too much advancement in the cpu lately,, I want the gpus and the battery sectors to feature more in my news. No one seems to be improving on new battery stuff, just software optimization. Bring out batteries from the future and make everyone happy.

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I'm crossing my fingers...that new battery tech will be available next year. Like Samsung who managed a way to add more battery with less space.

7. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The new battery tech was added to the gear s2

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

They bring out new battery all the time. but instead of putting same physical sized battery to increase the battery life they reduce the battery size to make phone thinner. Just look at iphone 6S. just stop buying crappy iphone and buy from OEM thats give good battery to show you agree. As long as many ppl will get iphone the market will follow this piece of crap.

44. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

There are innovations/improvements in GPUs but Qualcomm is usually quiet or vague about them ("it has tessellation shaders" or "it uses delta colour compression" is the extent they usually detail). Also, Qualcomm could further improve improve efficiency using HSA 1.0 design.

52. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

still Adrenos need to be faster.

3. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Wow, Samsung on a roll 10nm! that is exceptional they are even producing for QC which means that no matter what SoC ( 820 /Exynos) the S7 comes with next year it will still be manufactured by Samsung.

5. Carlitos

Posts: 671; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Lol so samsung still wins. No wonder they are really considering SD820 for the s7

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Here comes Antutu with his "Samsung is the king/I love Sammy" comment

11. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Aw! Feeling insecure because of Samsung's success? Like it or not, in 2016 every Android flagship devices will be equipped with Samsung-manufactured tech so there's no room for you to escape. Just take it easy!

23. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

hopefully its wont overheat like crap because of samsung tech.. Iphone with samsung tech dont run very well this year lol.

30. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

yeah u r so knowledgeable.. only SD810 devices were great

46. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

he`s been buthurt ever since the sd810 killed every 2015 phone..don`t mind him, he`s in denial

53. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

There's no overheating on GS6 like n any sd810 device...

63. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

But in marorun's store, every piece of Samsung devices are returned. Also every piece of iPhones that has Samsung parts are returned. Nothing else gets returned except for Samsung. Greatest short story of 2015.

68. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Seems like he's telling fairy tails :D

61. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Samsung taking over

9. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

By the time 10nm is available, the 820 would be old so......

14. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I'm expecting more of an 800/801 thing. 820 at 14 nm for first half of 2016, upclocked 82x at 10 nm late 2016.

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

my 2 years old quad core i7 destroy your beloved exynos in all benchmark. So number of core mean nothing.. Its not size thats matter but what you can do with it :P

38. Seattletech

Posts: 54; Member since: May 14, 2014

Are you really trying to compare an intel 85 watt chip with a samsung 2 watt chip???? Get your knowledge up

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