In a sudden turn of events, Samsung have announced to be helping out Qualcomm for producing their latest Snapdragon 820 SoC using their 14nm FinFET production process. Previously too, the Korean electronics giant was falsely alleged to have lent a hand to help Qualcomm curb the heating issues with the Snapdragon 820 SoC.
As a matter of fact, Samsung themselves use the all new FinFET production process for their latest line up of Exynos 8 Octa chips. In fact, one of those chips namely the Exynos 8890 is reported to power the Samsung Galaxy S7 in select markets.
For those unaware the production process reported to be used for the production of the Snapdragon 820 SoC is a second generation FinFET, which according to Samsung delivers up to 15% higher speeds than its predecessor. Furthermore, Samsung claims to have made a similar improvement in terms of power consumption. In fact, it is dubbing the production process a LPP (Low Power Plus) as compared to last year's LPE process.
With Qualcomm using Samsung's FinFET manufacturing process the difference between the two flagship SoCs namely Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820 are apparently minimising. Nevertheless, there are still some areas including process core architecture which leaves plenty of room for competition.