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January 14, 2016updated 31 Aug 2016 10:15am

Samsung to use 14nm FinFET tech for Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 mobile processors

News: The company has started mass production, with the chips predicted to be in devices in the first half of this year.

By CBR Staff Writer

Samsung Electronics will manufacture Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 mobile processors using its 14nm chip production technology.

The South Korean firm has started mass production of advanced logic chips using its 14nm low-power plus (LPP) process, which is used to make its own Exynos 8 Octa processor.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor also uses the 14nm LPP process and is anticipated to be in devices in the first half of this year.

Samsung’s new 14nm LPP process delivers around 15% higher speeds and 15% less power consumption over the previous 14nm low-power early (LPE) process. Transistor structure and process optimisation has been improved in the new model.

The company will use fully-depleted FinFET transistors to improve manufacturing capabilities for addressing scaling limitations.

Samsung Electronics executive vice president of sales & marketing, System LSI Business Charlie Bae said: "We are pleased to start production of our industry-leading, 2nd generation 14nm FinFET process technology that delivers the highest level of performance and power efficiency."

Qualcomm is introducing a new feature dubbed Smart Protect technology in its Snapdragon 820 processor to improve device security.

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Separately, Qualcomm has signed an agreement with TDK to form a joint venture (JV) to provide RF front-end (RFFE) for mobile devices.

The JV will deliver RFFE modules and RF filters into integrated systems for mobile devices and business segments, such as Internet of Things (IoT), drones, robotics, automotive applications and several others.


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