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Qualcomm collaborates with Samsung for Snapdragon 835 mobile processor

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Qualcomm has announced to launch their next generation mobile System on a Chip (SoC) called the Snapdragon 835 in collaboration with Samsung.

Both companies have agreed to extend their decade long strategic collaboration to manufacture Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon premium processor.

The new processor has been developed with Samsung’s 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology. Snapdragon 835 follows the Snapdragon 820/21 processor which has over 200 designs in development.

Qualcomm Technologies has said that the decision to use Samsung’s cutting edge process in the next generation premium processor highlights their dedication in being the technology leader in mobile platforms.

“We are excited to continue working together with Samsung in developing products that lead the mobile industry,” said Keith Kressin, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies while addressing a summit in New York.

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“Using the new 10nm process node is expected to allow our premium tier Snapdragon 835 processor to deliver greater power efficiency and increase performance while also allowing us to add a number of new capabilities that can improve the user experience of tomorrow’s mobile devices.”

In October, Samsung announced they are the first in the industry to enter mass production of 10nm FinFET technology.

This allows up to a 30 percent increase in area efficiency with 27 percent higher performance or up to 40 percent lower power consumption as compared to its predecessors.

The Snapdragon 835 processor will offer a smaller chip footprint and give original equipment manufacturer (OEMs) more usable space inside upcoming products to support larger batteries or slimmer designs.

The process improvements combined with a more advanced chip design are expected to bring significant improvements in battery life.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with Qualcomm Technologies in producing the Snapdragon 835 using our 10nm FinFET technology,” said Jong Shik Yoon, executive vice president Samsung.

“This collaboration is an important milestone for our foundry business as it signifies confidence in Samsung’s leading chip process technology.”

Snapdragon 835 is in production now and expected to ship in commercial devices in the first half of 2017.

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