Samsung Announces High-End Exynos SoC, Mass Production Starts
It seems Samsung is all set to compete for market share against industry giant Qualcomm. The company has announced a new 14nm Exynos 7 SoC. The new chip comes packed with 8 processing cores, which is a combination of four low-end and four high-end Cortex A57 cores.
14nm FinFET is among the most advanced technologies available today. The chip is able to get a higher level of efficiency, productivity and performance. Compared to Samsung’s previous 20nm technology, the new tech is 20% faster and consumes 35% less power which gives it a 30% boost in productivity.
Similar to the older 20nm SoC, the new one also supports the 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set. The older model is being used in Samsung Galaxy Edge along with some variants of Note 4.
Speaking about the new SoC, Gabsoo Han, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Samsung Electronics, stated:
“Samsung’s advanced 14nm FinFET process technology is undoubtedly the most advanced logic process technology in the industry. We expect the production of our 14nm mobile application processor to positively impact the growth of the mobile industry by enabling further performance improvements for cutting-edge smartphones.”
Samsung is yet to share anything related to Exynos’ GPU, but it’s likely to be similar to the 20nm version which feature Mail-T760 GPU by ARM.
By using 3D FinFET transistor structure, Samsung has successfully overcome scaling and performance limitations of the older model. In doing so, Samsung “gained a significant competitive edge in advanced semiconductors for the mobile industry,” the South Korean electronics giant boasts in the blog post.
The technology will help with power leakage issue as transistors are closer to each other. This will be the first time for Samsung to use Fins, while Intel has been using similar technology since 2012.
It’s highly likely that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 will ship with this technology. It was previously reported that Qualcomm will provide modified Snapdragon 810 chips for S6, as existing version were suffering from heating issues.
At that time, it was rumored that Samsung may completely drop Snapdragon 810 from S6. It seems that those reports are indeed true as the manufacturing of these new SoCs from Samsung indicate.
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