Samsung Galaxy S6 And Galaxy S6 Edge Could Use Newly Announced 14nm Exynos 7 Octa SoC

In what can be considered the biggest sign yet that Qualcomm's hardware will not power Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones, Samsung today said it has begun mass producing Exynos 7 Octa chips. The parts are being produced on a 14nm FinFET process that Samsung says offers the highest levels of efficiency, performance, and productivity.

"Samsung’s advanced 14nm FinFET process technology is undoubtedly the most advanced logic process technology in the industry," said Gabsoo Han, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, System LSI Business, Samsung Electronics. "We expect the production of our 14nm mobile application processor to positively impact the growth of the mobile industry by enabling further performance improvements for cutting-edge smartphones."

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Part of what makes the three-dimensional FinFET structure on transistors so appealing is that it allows Samsung to overcome performance and scaling limitations inherent in the planar structure used in previous 20nm and older processors. Samsung believes this gives it a competitive edge in advanced semiconductors for the mobile industry.

Given the hype surrounding its new manufacturing process and resulting Exynos 7 SoC, it would be surprising if Samsung still ended up using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 chip. That was Samsung's original plan until it discovered some overheating issues during internal testing. Qualcomm said it would build a revised version for Samsung, but also recently warned investors that it's likely to lose a major client, hinting that Samsung is going in a different direction.