In the modern world, we still need to look for such a manufacturer who does something more or less complicated, but at the same time does not buy anything from other manufacturers. Even manufacturers of scoops and brooms buy plastic and rods, respectively. In the high-tech world, things are even more complicated. An example is Qualcomm, which makes chips for almost every flagship smartphone in the world. But the problem is that she is only developing them. Other manufacturers are working on the creation and production. Processors are getting more challenging every year, but who will be producing top-end processors next year, and who will they be for?
New Snapdragon Processor
Qualcomm usually unveils its next-gen flagship chip in December, and it turns out to be the best in the industry in most parameters. Most likely, this year will not be an exception, because we have already seen the leaked production schedule. But even without that schedule, we can safely say that it will be called Snapdragon 875.
The production of chips for the Qualcomm project was carried out by the Taiwanese company TSMC at its factories. The same factories produced processors for Huawei and Honor, which are no longer made. Things have to change sometimes and as reported by Business Korea and Hankyung, the Snapdragon 875 will now be manufactured by Samsung Electronics.
It is also reported that the new processor will be manufactured using a 5nm process technology. This will lead to some improvement in the quality of the processor and reduce its size relative to the current generation Snapdragon 865.
Companies such as Apple, Huawei, MediaTek, and Samsung are also expected to switch to 5nm as the time has come. It was even reported that Huawei already has 5nm chips and will release them in September as part of the new Huawei Mate 40. Moreover, at yesterday’s presentation, Apple already talked about the production of a 5nm processor. As a result, the time has come, and it’s time to produce something like that. Therefore, Qualcomm has no options.
Business Korea reports that it has a $ 1 billion manufacturing contract for the generation of Qualcomm’s processors. Also, according to information coming from the publication, the production of such a processor has already begun. As you’d expect, it will be powered by the Samsung Galaxy S21 (or S30) and other flagships from Xiaomi and OPPO. This is usually the norm for newer Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.
If you think this is unheard-of behavior of two companies, then it is not. Let me remind you that earlier, the Korean company was already engaged in producing processors for Qualcomm. It was in 2016 when the Americans presented the Snapdragon 820. It was then that Samsung was involved in bringing the project to life.
Snapdragon 875 Production
Even though this has already happened, if the rumors are confirmed, it will be a big win for Samsung. Firstly, this is a lot of money, and secondly, it is the honing of technologies and equipment, which will help create your processors. Let me remind you that earlier it was reported that Samsung is not planning to release 5nm chips, but go straight to 3nm in a couple of years. With the state of affairs that we see, such a development of events is quite possible.
While it is impossible to confirm or deny the leak with accuracy, we need to wait for more news about Snapdragon 875. Even a small additional number of rumors or leaks will clarify the picture at least a little.
Even the companies themselves will sooner or later receive confirmation or denial of such rumors. So far, we can only say a few words about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 chipset itself.
Cortex-A1 Processor Architecture
According to the information that appeared earlier, which was even confirmed, the new processor will receive a modern architecture. In addition to the cores with the Cortex-A78 architecture, it will use the Cortex-A1 cores. This should allow companies that want to install the novelty in their smartphones to optimize the processor for their needs better. By the way, this is what could save Huawei if Qualcomm does agree with the US government to be allowed to supply chips to the Chinese company.
In addition to the new architecture, the new processor will receive an updated Snapdragon X60 5G modem. This will improve the performance of smartphones in fifth-generation networks. After all, this year can be safely called the year of 5G., Especially against the background of how rapidly the coverage and the release of new smartphones with the support of this technology. And the massive hysteria over 5G towers. The latter also suggests that the networks are already nearby and must be accepted.
It is not yet clear which Samsung models will be equipped with the new Snapdragon processor and which ones with their own Exynos processors, but most likely, nothing will change globally. The distribution of processors by the market will remain the same. The only hope is that Exynos will pull up a little to the Snapdragon of the current generation at that time.
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