Qualcomm, MediaTek and Hisilicon are unlikely to bring any full upgrades on the architecture or manufacturing process for their mobile SoCs during the year of 2016, which makes us more curious about the next-generation process. We’ve just heard that Qualcomm’s new-generation flagship model Snapdragon 830 is sticking to Samsung, but will jump to 10nm and get back to the mainstream Octa-core architecture.
The US chipmaking giant used to rely on TSMC for its mobile processors, and swtiched to Samsung’s 14nm LPP from the Snapdragon 820 generation. The next-generation Snapdragon 830 will upgrade to 10nm, and according to the company’s CEO Steve Mollenkopf, Qualcomm’s 2017 chip orders will go exclusively to Samsung, reports WCCFTECH.
Another upgrade for the Snapdragon 830 is support for up to 8GB of RAM, which would be more than sufficient for most users. Coming with Quad-core Kryo CPU, Snapdragon 830 is expected to be the first 10nm mobile chip on the market.
It’s been confirmed MediaTek will use 10nm technology for its Helio X30, and HiSilicon will also adopt 10nm for the Kirin 970 next year. Get ready to embrace the new process node!