Despite the fact that it makes its own processors, Samsung has long depended on Qualcomm because its processors have historically been the only ones with LTE on the chip itself, a necessity for markets like the US. And while Samsung Exynos processors are nice, the lack of LTE is their downfall. However, Samsung’s relationship with Qualcomm will now go both ways.
Qualcomm has outsourced manufacturing of its newest 14nm chips to Samsung. The Snapdragon 805 is a 28nm chip, the chips being made with the 14nm FinFet process will be released sometime in 2015. Not only does this benefit Samsung, but it could also improve Exynos chips in some way.
Samsung’s next Exynos chips will have LTE modems included, so the companies dependance on Qualcomm may waver. But with the company manufacturing the newest Snapdragon chips, it might create a better business partnership. What do you think of this new partnership? Leave a comment!