Galaxy S10 may sport a 5G modem, as Qualcomm teams with Samsung on 7nm Snapdragon 855

Galaxy S10 may sport a 5G modem, as Qualcomm teams with Samsung on 7nm Snapdragon 855
Korean media was on to something yesterday, when it reported that Samsung will break ground on a new foundry this week, dedicated exclusively to 7nm chips, and, lo and behold, Samsung just came out with a press release confirming it, and throwing Qualcomm into the 7nm mix, too.

Last week, Qualcomm announced the world's first 7nm chipset, its next-gen X24 wireless modem that will be capable of pre-5G 2Gbps download speeds. At the time, we were a bit miffed where will the SoC giant cast this thing, provided there were rumors it has turned to TSMC for the next generation Snapdragon processors like the eventual 855 that will be in the Galaxy S10 next year.

It turns out, however, that Qualcomm is still betting on Samsung, as its EUV lithography is much more advanced than the end-of-life optical one that TSMC will use for Apple's eventual 7nm A12 chipset in this year's iPhones. Thus, the press release about Samsung's new S3 factory says that it will be the go-to foundry for Qualcomm's 5G Snapdragon chipsets that will be soldered en masse early next year. 

This can only mean that the first 855 client might very well be Samsung with the S10 puppy. As per RK Chunduru, SVP of Qualcomm's supply chain and procurement:

As to what will be the advantages of the 7nm LPP EUV process before the current 10nm LPP that is used for Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810 in Galaxy S9? Well, how about "up to a 40 percent increase in area efficiency with 10 percent higher performance, or up to 35 percent lower power consumption," take your pick.

source: Samsung
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