Historically, Qualcomm has made its processors in plants located in Taiwan. And although the company responsible for manufacturing these chips, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturin Co. (TSMC) has always done a great job, the truth is that it has been a little behind with respect to recent developments such as Exynos processors Samsung, which feature 14 nanometer transistors compared to 20 nanometers in TSMC.
This has caused that, despite being a great processor and have crept into some of the top terminal end market, the Snapdragon 810 is far from the level that provides the Exynos , causing Qualcomm has had to lower its financial forecasts for the 2015 . But it seems that the American company is not willing to tolerate this any longer.
Snapdragon 820 processor for a real top model
While Snapdragon 810 brings significant improvements over its predecessor, the truth is that Samsung has improved its Exynos processor much more, giving it 14 nanometer transistors that allow users to have a lower battery consumption and manufacturers lower manufacturing cost.
Thus, Qualcomm may be planning to change manufacturer for Snapdragon 820 , which is the processor that should carry most flagships of 2016. If this information is true, the new processors of the American brand would be manufactured in plants Company Korean Samsung.
Still, Qualcomm has refused to confirm or deny anything about his next processor and much less compared to manufacturing, but the fact is that changing the factory could be an interesting development, because it would mean an almost assured passage at 14 nanometers.
Samsung is gaining strength as a manufacturer of processors
But not only Qualcomm has been interested in making their next processor in the factories of Samsung. Apple has also been interested in them, having rumors about an agreement between the company and the Korean apple to make your next processor, the A9.
In addition, the agreement between Samsung and Qualcomm Snapdragon could mean that the 820 was the chip that includes the future Samsung Galaxy Note 5. This agreement could benefit both companies and seriously harm TSMC , which to date is the leading manufacturer of chips in the world.
Without any doubt, this move will leave more than one missed but the truth is that it is not unusual, since Samsung is ahead thanks to its 14 nanometer technology. There will be watching to see if this agreement is formalized, something that should not happen in a long time.