Qualcomm’s flagship SoC with Samsung’s 10nm FinFET- Snapdragon 835


Qualcomm, in collaboration with Samsung, has announced its flagship SoC “Snapdragon 835” with Samsung’s 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology. The processor will be introduced in Android smartphones from next year (2017). The next generation premium processor will replace Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 821 chipset next year.

Qualcomm haven’t revealed much details regarding the new Snapdragon 835′ capabilities and other specifications, but, it’s definitely going to enhance the power efficiency and will increase the performance.

“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,” Kressin added.

Samsung had announced its 10nm FinFET technology in October claiming that they are the first in the industry to enter mass production of 10nm FinFET technology. So, 10nm, it’s the size of a few dozen water molecules, or 1,000 times smaller than a strand of hair. The 10nm technology will provide 30% increase in area efficiency with 27% higher performance or up to 40% lower power consumption. The Snapdragon 835 processor will offer a smaller chip, which means smartphone manufacturers will have more usable space to embed larger batteries or to offer slimmer phone designs. The new advanced and smaller chip will also improve the battery life along with process improvements.

“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,” he added.

Snapdragon 835 processor will also support its Quick Charge technology version 4.0. Currently, its processors comes with Quick Charge 3.0. Quick Charge 4.0 allows devices to charge faster and more efficiently. According to the company, with its Quick Charge 4.0, five minutes charge will be sufficient for four to five hours of battery backup adding that in 15 minutes, the battery can be recharged up to 50 percent. In comparison to Quick Charge 3.0, it’s 20 percent faster in charging and 30 per cent more efficient.

The new Snapdragon 835 is in production phase now and is expected to ship in commercial devices in the first half of 2017.


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