Samsung is widely considered to be among the world’s top electronic hardware manufacturers. Not only does Samsung produce chips for a number of other companies, including Apple, but it also makes a separate line of Exynos processors for its own mobile devices. Samsung began using a 14 nanometer low-power chip process at the beginning of 2015, and now the smartphone manufacturer is working on the second generation of this technology.
Samsung announced today that it has forged a partnership with Qualcomm and plans to manufacture the company’s upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor, using its new 14nm architecture. These new Snapdragon chips are expected to start appearing in devices in the first half of 2016, shortly after Samsung’s chips are expected to be ready.
Changes to the 3D structure of the chip’s new transistors, thanks to Samsung’s 14nm manufacturing process, allows for speeds that are up to 15 percent faster, while also reducing power use by 15 percent. These gains are helped by process optimization, resulting in improved yields and a reduce in scaling limitations.
Samsung says its new chip process has been optimized specifically for mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and should meet demand for a wide range of applications.