The Snapdragon 865 was fabbed on TSMC’s N7P course of (second gen 7 nm), however Qualcomm switched to Samsung foundries when ordering the Snapdragon 888. The Snapdragon 888+ is constructed on the identical Samsung 5 nm node, it’s only a higher-binned half with the Cortex-X1 clocked at 2.995 GHz (up from 2.84 GHz) and the NPU cranked as much as 32 TOPS (up from 26 TOPS).
Issues will look totally different subsequent yr, says Ice Universe – the Snapdragon 895 might be fabbed by Samsung at its 4 nm node, whereas the Snapdragon 895+ improve might be made at TSMC’s 4 nm foundries as an alternative.
Each are refinements of the respective 5 nm nodes of the foundries, nonetheless, the efficiency benefits and potential energy financial savings of the brand new processes haven’t been publicly introduced but.
Chances are high that the Snapdragon 895 and 895+ will observe the same timetable as the 2 888 variations this yr – the vanilla model launches in December/January, the Plus comes half a yr later. If nothing else, the semiconductor scarcity may have (hopefully) cleared up by then.
Qualcomm’s foundry selections final yr could have been restricted by Apple shopping for a big share of TSMC’s 5 nm provide for each its Apple A14 and M1 chipsets. Subsequent yr, nonetheless, the corporate will reportedly cut up the orders and get 4 nm A15 chips for iPhones and three nm chips for iPads. A technique or one other, there’s sufficient manufacturing capability accessible at TSMC’s foundries that even MediaTek ordered 4 nm chipsets (actually, these will be the first 4 nm chips to hit the market, however they are going to be expensive).
Samsung is predicted to make use of its personal 4 nm foundry to make the Exynos 2200, which must be the primary chip with an AMD RDNA 2 GPU. Qualcomm picked Samsung’s 4 nm foundry for its X65 and X62 5G modems, so it’s solely pure for the Snapdragon 895 (which may have an built-in X65) to make use of the identical course of.