Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 830 Details Surface With Next Gen Manufacturing Process

Ramish Zafar

After a brief dry spell, looks like the rumor mill is ready to run at full speed again. Things have started to warm up in Qualcomm's SoC world, with some alleged details about the company's upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor surfacing today. The Snapdragon 820 is expected to be launched by the company early next year and will be featuring on a majority of Android flagships. The processor will be changing several things when it comes to its predecessor, the ill-fated Snapdragon 810, and today some details have surfaced about the Snapdragon 830 - a chipset that should be expected in 2017.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 830 To Be Manufactured On 10nm Process

After we saw some highly controversial information surface yesterday, that claimed Qualcomm will be launching its next Snapdragon in two variants next year, today we've got more information for you. Sources from China suggested that the company will be launching the Snapdragon 820 with two manufacturing processes, namely Samsung's 14nm LPE and 10nm LPP, with the 10nm variant of the chip to become available in Q2 of 2016.

But as our readers were quick to point out, its highly unlikely that Samsung will have the 10nm process ready for mass production as soon as 2016 with the process featuring on chipsets by 2017 at the earliest. Well, today we've got some information from the same source that adds credibility to this, as the alleged model number and manufacturing process of the Snapdragon 830 has surfaced today.

According to folks over at China, the Snapdragon 830 will come with an internal codename of MSM8998 and will be manufactured on 10nm. Qualcomm will also be choosing to stick with its own architecture on the 830 and the processor should be expected in 2017. Taking a look at the Snapdragon 820, we should expect the company to continue several features on its 2017 SoC as well.

For starters, the Snapdragon 820 will be coming with Qualcomm's Kryo cores on board, which will be a marked shift from ARM's Cortex series cores utilized on the ill-fated Snapdragon 810. The 820 is also expected to pay closer attention to the principles of HSA, with the processor's DSP, GPU, CPU and other components to be more tightly integrated. With the Snapdragon 830, Qualcomm should be expected to further build on this as well.

But we'd like to lay our eyes on the Snapdragon 820 first, and then speculate about its successor. After all, Qualcomm's got a lot riding out on its upcoming SoC and we're eager to see how the company delivers. Stay tuned and let us know in the comments section below.


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