Rumor has it that Qualcomm will be working with TSMC for the Snapdragon 875 again. The SoC should be manufactured in 2021 for the first time in a 5 nm process.

Snapdragon 855 Plus just introduced, successor is probably already in the starting blocks

Just last month, chip maker Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 855 Plus, a more powerful offshoot of the eponymous current top model. The Plus version is intended to enrich high-end and gaming smartphones such as the ROG Phone II with more performance and, among other things, VR capacities.

The current top model Snapdragon 855 could soon receive a successor (Image: Qualcomm)

Now the first news of the next flagship SoC for 2020 smartphones, the Snapdragon 865, is circulating. According to the reports, this will be produced again using the 7-nanometer process, this time by Samsung. The last two chip generations 845 and 855 were manufactured by Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company).

Upcoming smartphone chips must be increasingly prepared for challenges in the context of 5G use, i.e. attach particular importance to power consumption, as the new mobile standard shows an increased power consumption. In this context, there will be two variants of the Snapdragon 865 in order to have more space available in case of a waiver of the 5G modem.

Snapdragon 875 to be produced for the first time in 2021 using a 5nm process

As far as the (presumed) plans for the coming year, but also for 2021 the rumour kitchen is already bubbling. According to the Chinese web portal, the Snapdragon 875 is planned for this year. This should be based for the first time on 5 nm technology, i.e. 171.3 million transistors per square millimeter. The Snapdragon 865 will also be produced again by TSMC.


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