Qualcomm is a big name in mobile processing, but Samsung is another company that’s done great work in the field. While Samsung has its own Exynos line of processors, it has also formed partnerships with many companies, including Qualcomm. One result of that partnership is that Samsung will be manufacturing Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 processor.
The reasoning behind the deal is simple. Samsung recently introduced a new 14nm LPP (low-power-plus) process for creating its processors, which allows for a speed increase of 15% while still improving power efficiency by 15%. As such, Qualcomm is having Samsung create the Snapdragon 820 processor in order to take advantage of those benefits.
The Snapdragon 820 processor is expected to arrive in devices within the first half of 2016. It will be used both in mobile devices as well as IoT (Internet of Things) connected devices.