Samsung announced that it's begun mass production of chips using its 14-nm Low Power Plus (LPP) process, the latest generation of its FinFET fabrication tech. The company will make its own Exynos 8 Octa SoC on this process, but that's not the only high-end chip it'll be building. Samsung says it'll also be making Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 using 14-nm LPP FinFETs. This news confirms long-standing rumors about Qualcomm's foundry of choice for its next-generation flagship SoC.
Samsung says 14-nm LPP silicon can deliver up to 15% higher speeds and 15% lower power consumption than its first-generation FinFET process, called Low Power Early, or LPE. Those improvements apparently come through "improvements in transistor structure and process optimization." Samsung didn't indicate when to expect its Exynos 8 Octa chip in devices, but it says phones with Snapdragon 820 chips inside will hit the market in the first half of this year.