In the middle of a press release today, where Samsung was announcing that it had started mass production of processors using its second-generation 14nm FinFET process, the company revealed that it is producing Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 chipset using the new generation of the 14nm process.
The fact that Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 uses the technology means it includes the LPP (Low Power Plus) feature. This allows the chip to run at a 15% higher speed than would usually be possible, while consuming 15% less battery power when compared to chips made with the first-generation of the technology.
“We are pleased to start production of our industry-leading, 2nd generation 14nm FinFET process technology that delivers the highest level of performance and power efficiency. Samsung will continue to offer derivative processes of its advanced 14nm FinFET technology to maintain our technology leadership.”-Charlie Bae, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, System LSI Business, Samsung Electronics
Samsung will obviously use the new technology in the production of its next high-end chipset, the Exynos 8890, which should be used in the company’s next flagship, the Galaxy S7. The first-generation of the process was used in to produce Samsung’s version of the Apple A9 chipset and was also the technology employed in the production of the Exynos 7420, which is used in the Galaxy S6 line and in the Galaxy Note 5.
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