TSMC to manufacture Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipsets on 7nm process in 2018

James Marshall
December 26, 2017

That's why the Snapdragon 835 processor was released to other device manufacturers after the release of the Galaxy S8 series. However, the rumor turned out to be inaccurate as Qualcomm made it official recently that the Snapdragon 845 will, in fact, be built on Samsung's second-generation 10nm Low Power Plus (LPP) node. A new report from Nikkei Asian Review suggests that TSMC has got the contract to manufacture the core processor and modem chip for Qualcomm's next flagship chip.

Huawei's newest flagship processor, the Kirin 970 chipset, is seemingly more powerful than the Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 845 processor, as per an image that reveals benchmark scores of the two processors. However, only few smartphones featuring the SD660 chipset were launched this year such as OPPO R11/R11s, R11/R11s Plus, Xiaomi Mi Note 3, Vivo X20, ASUS ZenFone 4, Smartisan Nuts Pro 2, Sharp Aquos S2, 360 N6 Pro and Elephone S9.

Qualcomm is now working on some new chipsets for 2018, and one of them includes the new Snapdragon 670 SoC.

Qualcomm and TSMC had earlier worked together for the production of Snapdragon 808 and the 810, but the Snapdragon 810 had drawn heavy criticism for overheating.

The excess heat is one of the biggest problem faced by Android smartphones and the main reason was attributed to the processor. Industry analysts have confirmed the presence of AI-centric features on the Snapdragon 845 but it will be limited to task scheduling and core architecture. TSMC's 7nm node will also be used to manufacture the next-gen Apple A12 chipset that will power the Cupertino-based firm's 2018 iPhone models. The market may see few more Snapdragon 660 chipset phones in the coming months before the arrival of Snapdragon 670 driven phones in the latter half of 2018. All chipsets are now being manufactured on the 10nm process - the smallest scale for manufacturing mobile chipsets. Will it be able to deliver enhanced performance without compromising speed? Let's wait and watch.

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