Report: Samsung to manufacture 14nm Qualcomm mobile app processors

by: Robert TriggsJuly 16, 2014

Samsung processor chip

In the world of business, even rivals can end up in mutually beneficial partnerships. News out of South Korea suggests that Qualcomm and Samsung could be the next to form such an arrangement, with industry sources stating that Samsung will be producing Qualcomm mobile processors in the future, which could help offset the recent sluggish performance of its smartphone business.

Despite Qualcomm’s impressive share of the mobile processor market, it doesn’t own its own foundries. Instead, the company has previously relied on large scale manufacturers, like TSMC, to put its designs into silicon form. Sources suggest that Qualcomm is interested in Samsung’s modern 14 nanometer FinFet process technology, which makes use of a three dimensional manufacturing process for more power efficient processors.

Qualcomm’s bleeding edge Snapdragon 805 processor is based on a 28nm process, and the upcoming Snapdragon 808 and 810 are to be based on 20nm, suggesting that this partnership is planned for processors scheduled for H2 2015 or later.

Samsung has plenty of experience in the mobile processor manufacturing industry, and is one of the biggest players in the global semiconductor market. The company already manufacturers processors for various companies, as well as under its own name, and is the largest manufacturer of DRAM memory with 37.2 percent of the market, and of NAND flash memory with a 37.4 percent market share.

At this point in time, there aren’t any details on which processors Qualcomm plans to have Samsung manufacture, or when production is scheduled to begin.

  • Shark Bait

    suppose they need to fill the capacity gap after loosing iPhone contracts

  • banglaz bless

    Folks seem to think that when Samsung looses a client it spells doom, wake up! Samsung is a multi billion dollar corporation which consists of multiple businesses. Loosing apple is just a drip from the pip that pours.

    • ElDudarino

      While I agree with you in spirit, calling the Apple contract “a drip” is a wee bit of an understatement.

    • Anonymousfella

      A client like Apple is a bit more than a “a drip”. I do however, agree with your first statement

      • stucrmnx120fshwf

        I thought Apple had been driven back, into the hands of Samsung, by 14 nm technology, available at Samsung’s 10 billion dollar chip plant. Aren’t Apple and Samsung close to settlement, not sure why Apple and Samsung aren’t buying AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm, ARM, even Intel. They have the cash and some of these, are very cheap, with mass GPU, 64 bit intellectual property.

  • MasterMuffin

    And soon Qualcomm will be suing Samsung ;)

    • ThunderCrackR

      I am asking myself what will those who said that Samsung is incompetent when it comes to producing mobile chispets do now. Let me think, the overheating ”real” problem will disappear now.

  • Ruz

    Interestingly it should bring down power consumption by big margin + Android L will be a huge bonus.. something which will shake other OS

    • zeth006

      Battery life with all these die shrinks and OS overhauls is due for a nice big boost. I’m already excited to hear that my “ancient” Nexus 4 is going to get at least a modest battery boost with L.

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  • The-Sailor-Man

    So Samsung will ONLY “manufacturing” them??? Is that, what you wanna manipulate here???

    • zeth006

      I don’t think that’s the author’s point, but ok.

  • Akshat Mittal

    HTC One M9, powered by Qualcomm, made by Samsung.


  • Francis Short Jr

    Intel could be make 14nm smartphone chips before Samsung