Qualcomm is already struggling to produce enough Snapdragon 835 SoC’s to supply all Android OEM’s but that has not stopped it from setting its sights on the next big thing. We had already reported last month that the company was collaborating with Samsung to produce its next high-end SoC, the Snapdragon 845. Today more information came out regarding the chipset’s production process itself.
The Snapdragon 845 is likely to be fabricated on the 7nnm node and a report has emerged that the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has already initiated trial production on the 7nm process. With this fresh information at hand, we can confirm that Qualcomm has already invested significant time and energy towards the next-generation SoC. There are also rumours that the SoC will debut with Samsung’s Galaxy S9 series of smartphones. It is not only Qualcomm that is looking to transition to the 7nm fabrication node but also MediaTek, Huawei and Nvidia that plan to use the same for their next-generation of SoC products.
While the Snapdragon 835 from Qualcomm remains the go-to and hard to get SoC of now, reports are now looking to confirm that the next in line SoC from Qualcomm is already in development. According to those details, this is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and will be built on a 7nm process.
The switch to the 7nm node will result in significantly faster chips with performance gains projected in the ~25 to 35-percent region compared to the current chips based on the 10nm node. With a smaller node, comes a smaller die-size making the SoC take lesser space inside the chassis as well which means more space for other components.