Reports from South Korea show that Samsung Electronics has received orders from Qualcomm for the next-generation mobile processor (AP), which is expected to be named Snapdragon 865.
This is a co-operation between these two companies after a year of hiatus when Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer TSMC previously won orders in 2018 for the Snapdragon 855 chipset.
South Korea's Theelec news agency reported that Samsung foundry for SD865 is expected to start operations later this year. This processor will be manufactured on the EUV 7nm ultraviolet engraving line. And this will be Samsung's first chipset for Qualcomm with its 7nm EUV process. The last chip – Snapdragon 845 by Samsung's foundry produces 10nm wafer.
TSMC took the lead in the 7nm process in 2018 and thus, the Taiwanese company received orders from Qualcomm. But according to Qualcomm, Samsung's EUV 7nm is more competitive than the 7nm TSMC process so they chose their Korean partner to produce the next generation of mobile chips. In early April, Samsung is said to have started manufacturing 7nm Exynos AP EUV chips, expected to be used in its upcoming flagship Galaxy Note 10.
Although the contract between Qualcomm and Samsung has not been officially signed yet, it is known that almost all terms have been approved by these two companies. Qualcomm plans to launch Snapdragon 865 in 2020. In addition to Qualcomm, other OEMs are also expected to use Samsung's EUV 7nm, including NVIDIA, IBM and a number of firms other than Apple and Huawei.
SD855's successor is expected to have two versions, one regular and one Snapdragon X55 5G modem.
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