Qualcomm taps Samsung's 10-nm process for its Snapdragon 835

Qualcomm and Samsung announced this morning that the next "premium" Snapdragon SoC, the Snapdragon 835, is already in production on Samsung's 10-nm FinFET process. This will be the first major revision of Qualcomm's top-end processor since the 820 introduced the company's custom Kryo CPU core.

Qualcomm and Samsung have worked together many times before, of course. Samsung fabbed the Snapdragon 820 on its 14-nm FinFET process, and ultimately used that processor in the Galaxy S7. The Korean company says its new 10-nm process allows "up to a 30% increase in area efficiency" compared to the previous 14nm technology. That apparently translates into the designer's choice of 27% higher performance or 40% lower power consumption.

Snapdragon chips are among the fastest ARM-based processors outside of Apple's devices, so the 835 should be impressive when it comes. Samsung says the 835 is expected to ship in devices in the first half of 2017.

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