Well, hello, Prometheus: ARM roadmap leak hints at 10nm flagship chipsets

Well, hello, Prometheus: ARM roadmap leak hints at 10nm flagship chipsets
With Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 still rocking it at 20nm, and the bleeding edge Exynos 7420 in Galaxy S6 shrunk at the record for a mobile 14nm, a leaked ARM roadmap comes to show that's not all we can expect from flagship chipsets in the near future. As you can see in the chart above, ARM is prepping a Prometheus architecture that will be as powerful, as it will be power-sipping, and will be hammered out with a breathtaking 10nm production process.

The speculated timeframe seems to infer that we could see such SoCs as soon as the second half of next year, and a previous rumor claimed that it might be Samsung that will be at the forefront of their production, going from 14nm straight to the 10nm goodness. Rumor has it that Qualcomm has already tasked Samsung with the making of its next big thing - Snapdragon 820 - which means 14nm will be the flagship norm in the second half of the year, and now we can see that 10nm is on the horizon as well. Good times.

source: Fudzilla via GSMArena



1. DaveElliott

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 20, 2012


16. waddup121 unregistered

Dam mobile tech, u scary!

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I think processors have gotten efficient enough. The real investment needs to go into display technology. QLEDs, which should be the next step after OLEDs; they would be nearly 50% brighter and twice as energy efficient in theory. On-screen navigation powering the display is what's making battery life seem mediocre. Shrinking the semiconductor nodes will do little to offset power consumption from the screen.

6. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

processors power sipping is still significant, there is no reason to stop yet.

8. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Especially when gaming it sucks power way more than display.

11. czvezda

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Why would they stop development?? It's not like Qualcomm is manufacturing displays, and 10nm chipsets will use less power than 14nm, let alone 20nm found on the SD810. Your argument falls in the same category as those who argue that displays should stop at 1080p.. Ppl have to realize that these kinds of developments open possibilities for things not possible with older infrastructure (i.e. VR tech).

14. rjmlive

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Displays should stop at 1080p, especially for smartphones. Battery technology is what needs to improve as well as the cellular connectivity stack which is terribly inefficient and a huge drain on resources.

17. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I for one don't want more than 1080 on a sub 6 inch device, but I don't think that should be the cap by any means. Technology develops and today 1080 is fine, but tomorrow the higher resolution displays will open up other possibilities. It's so amusing watching this tech developing when only a couple years ago the bulk of computer monitors weren't even 1080p. The argument above that processors have become efficient enough is also misleading. Processing power on phones has reached an incredible level, with more processing power newer usage modes have opened up. While today's technology is definitely good enough for a phone device, tomorrow these devices might become our all purpose computing devices, where you still use them like phones, but if you need to do serious production you drop it onto a docking station and get your full desktop apps working. Today's CPUs are definitely not efficient enough, especially under load, the new manufacturing nodes allow for much higher efficency under load.

3. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Cool, now we need battery that can be charged from the earth's Chi energy.

4. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Processors are reaching that magic spot.. wish RAM Storage Display and radios would.


Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

This news make me j*zz in my pants Awesome

7. cornel222

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

so the 810 isnt that a thecnological achievement ....its kinda like intel haswell refreshed cpu ....a little tweks there and there so the people will upgrade theyr phones ....and dont say 64x bit its an upgrade cause we all know in todays mobile platforms we dont gain any benefit yet from it , its just smoke in buyers eyes to sell more

12. czvezda

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Well, it moved to a 64 bit architecture, and that is a big development. Now of course, the SD810 was seen as far from perfect given the overheating, forcing Qualcomm to cap the performance. They're essentially designed to perform excellently on benchmarks but get throttled in real world use. The exynos processor, on the other hand, was a great piece of work on 14nm architecture... too bad it's only really found in Samsung phones

9. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

i'm pretty sure you had an article about Samsung having a 10mn process.

10. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I want .000001 nanometer chips clocked at 200 terahertz, 3 million gigs of ram with holographic emitters, replication capabilities, 3D printing, emotional stabilization, hangover revitalization, medical stabilizer, real time language translation capability, teleportation capability, disaster and earthquake awareness, sense of smell sensory and virtual reality inclusion.

13. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

they should start to focus on GPU performance

15. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

It will be nice to have a CPU on phone without heating issues even Samsung 14nm exyons gets hot i really don't care about CPU performance since its all the same at the end of the day.

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