Samsung has just announced today that it has begun production of the second generation of processor chips to be produced under their patented 14 nanometer FinFET process. Incidentally, Samsung has made sure that it mentioned in the announcement the fact that Qualcomm’s new baby – the Snapdragon 820 – is included in this production. This confirms that the SD820, probably the processor for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7, will also be made within Samsung’s foundries.
Last year at around this time, Samsung unveiled its 14nm FinFET LPE (Low Power Early) process that produced the Exynos 7 Octa processor, which incidentally was one of the year’s best performers and the choice for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. This year, Samsung continues to improve the process with the 14nm FinFET LPP (Low Power Plus), which is expected to deliver up to 15 percent higher speed and 15 percent less power consumption over the previous 14nm LPE.
This is the process that will drive the production of, among others, the SD820, one of the most awaited chipsets for the year. It bears mentioning that the same process should produce Samsung’s follow up to the Exynos 8 Octa. The announcement did not carry such details.
So as Samsung has basically confirmed that the Galaxy S7 will again feature a Snapdragon chip (after a couple of years of hiatus), we now have a clearer picture that Samsung will probably get first dibs on the SD820 anyways, as it will be mass produced within their foundries.