As Mobile World Congress draws near, more information is coming out about all the new phones from key players in the industry. One such hotly expected family of smartphones will be 7th generation of Galaxy phones, more commonly known as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Samsung Galaxy S7, codenamed SM-G930F (the international version of S7) is expected to use a ‘Exynos 8890 version 7.0’ processor. From the information we managed to obtain, it will use Gen2 14nm FinFET process, designed and manufactured in Austin, TX. Given that 14nm is starting to look like a long node for Intel as well, as we reported yesterday
MediaTek is about to launch an SoC with a ten-core CPU.
Marvell has today announced its newest applications processors with integrated LTE modems squarely aimed at the low-cost smartphone market with 4G LTE
ARM announced today the signing of the 50th licensing agreement for its ARMv8-A technology, which includes support for 64-bit computing. ARM did not disclose the 27 companies that have signed thus far, but has mentioned that they include all of the top ten companies who sell application processors for smartphones, nine of the top ten application processor companies for tablets, four of the top five companies that provide chips for consumer electronics, four of the top five companies that provide chips for enterprise networking and servers along with eight silicon vendors from Greater China. In short, most of the big names in the chip manufacturing industry
Qualcomm has been fairly quiet about their high-end ambitions after what is expected to follow the soon-to-launch Snapdragon 805 chipset. The Snapdragon 805 is Qualcomm’s chip that will likely ship in devices next quarter and is marketed by Qualcomm as their 4K chip with the Adreno 420 GPU. Now, even though the Snapdragon 805 (APQ8084) is a very powerful chip, it lacks 64-bit capability and doesn’t have an integrated modem, requiring a separate modem like Qualcomm’s 20nm MDM9x35 to enable cellular capability. It also sports an improved Krait CPU with a Krait 450 CPU compared to the Snapdragon 801 and 800’s Krait 400. However, it