Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is Likely to Become the First 7nm SoC

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Just the other day, Qualcomm Company announced the first chip on the market, designed for production according to the norms of the 7nm process. This is a modem Snapdragon X24. It was logical to assume that soon the other chips of the company will be transferred to a new technical process. Indeed, information about the intention to use the 7nm process and for the production of the on-chip systems has already begun to appear.

The company Qualcomm has so far remained silent about this. The source of the information was the contract manufacturer, which manufactures chips for Qualcomm. According to the well-known leaker @Roland Quandt, the new mobile processor Snapdragon 855 (SDM855) will be the first system-on-chip, manufactured according to the standards of the 7nm process. Most likely, this processor will use the integrated Snapdragon X24 modem.

Note that this year many flagship smartphones will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. It is manufactured by Samsung using the improved 10nm process technology Low Power Plus. Compared to the previous 10nm process technology Low Power Early (used to produce SoC Snapdragon 835), it allows you to achieve a 10% increase in performance and reduce power consumption by 15%.

The previous leak testified that the manufacture of the Snapdragon 855 processor will be handled by TSMC, and the chip itself will enter the market in 2019. From the new technical process, we should expect a 37% increase in productivity and a 40% reduction in energy consumption compared to the 10nm manufacturing process.

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