The Kirin 970 Has Finished Tape Out; Sources Peg Production For Q1 2017


Only a couple of weeks are left until 2017 is officially with us. Talking mobile, the year will feature a lot of impressive upgrades. In hardware, we'll finally witness 10nm make it to the market. The next generation fabrication process is expected to deliver impressively on the performance and power bracket. Furthermore, decreased die area will ensure thinner devices without risking any major design flaws, like those on the Galaxy Note 7. Both Samsung and Qualcomm have announced their flagship processors for the year. Now, we're hearing some more news about Chinese manufacturer Huawei and its Kirin 970. Take a look below to find out more.

Huawei's Kirin 970 Completes Tape Out With Production To Commence Next Year

The first 10nm processors that will hit the shelves will be the Snapdragon 835 and the tentatively dubbed Exynos 8895. Qualcomm's already announced its offering for next year, although we're still waiting for some technical details on the manufacturer's end. Apart from the US and Korean tech giants, other chip makers will enter the 10nm fray soon. Out of these, its Huawei and MediaTek which have surfaced on the rumor mill lately. Both have their processors under the works and looks like Huawei's taken the lead for now.

Sources from China claim that the manufacturer has completed tapout for the 10nm Kirin 970. This will now result in mass production for the processor to commence in the first quarter of 2017. Given that the Snapdragon and Exynos are manufactured by Samsung, the Kirin 970 will also be TSMC's first mass produced 10nm processor. The Taiwanese fab will cater to a lot of customers next year, including the likes of Apple, Mediatek and of course, Huawei.

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As for specifications, no changes to previous rumors have been reported. The Kirin 970 will feature two sets of four Cortex A72 and A53 cores with the Mali G71 GPU. It will also feature Cat. 12 baseband to deliver high speed connectivity. TSMC's progressions with 10nm seems to be going quite smoothly, with the company all set to deliver results as April 2017 comes to an end. Details about Qualcomm and Samsung's partnership still remain sketchy.

Multiple sources have come to suggest that the pair have run into delivery problems for the Snapdragon. In fact, we've also come across reports which suggest that Qualcomm has considered alternate options as well - though such a switch is unlikely given the final stages of product development. With a lot of upgrades headed our way, 2017 looks to be a good year for mobile. So hang on tight and stay tuned. We'll keep you updated on the latest.