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Rumor | Samsung will manufacture the Snapdragon 895 alongside the Exynos 2200, both of which will be 4nm

Samsung makes its own line of Exynos CPUs. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung makes its own line of Exynos CPUs. (Source: Samsung)
A new Twitter leak suggests that Samsung has won the contract to supply Qualcomm with the successor to its flagship mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 888. Should this be the case, the South Korean giant will make this chipset alongside its own next-gen top-end processor, the Exynos 2200, possibly using the same "4nm" process.

The latest leaks and rumors indicate that Samsung's next-gen flagship mobile SoC will most likely be called the Exynos 2200 (with AMD's RDNA2 graphics), whereas that of Qualcomm will be the Snapdragon 895 (also thought to have the model number SM8450 at this point in time). The two chipsets will probably be found in competing premium devices throughout 2022. However, they may also have some important things in common.

The latest word on the SM8450 was that the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) was still in hot contention with Samsung in order to secure the order to make the chipset to Qualcomm's specifications. However, according to the tipster Mauri QHD, Samsung has in fact won this bid and will be the supplier in question.

This report, if true, would represent quite the score for Samsung's foundry. Furthermore, and potentially even more interestingly, the same leaker claims to have heard from their source (who apparently scores 7/8 for accuracy) that both the 2200 and SM8450 would be made using a 4 nanometer architecture, whereas their nearest applicable rivals such as the Apple A14 Bionic are 5nm - or, rather, that Samsung will say so, at least.

In a slightly confusing twist, Mauri QHD quotes their source ("Hades") as saying that Samsung now calls its third-gen 5nm process (5LPA) its first-gen 4nm (4LPE) instead, "because there is no performance difference between 5LPA and 4LPE".

This could be interpreted a number of ways, one of which with the explanation that Samsung has re-allocated the resources previously devoted to 5LPA to 4LPE instead...which would be better than the prospect of any creative marketing to misrepresent a new processor based on a third-gen 5nm node in any way.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-06-13 (Update: 2021-06-13)