Samsung lowers its 5nm process foundry quotation and obtains foundry orders from Qualcomm
Recently, a source in the industry chain revealed that in order to gain more share in the chip foundry market, Samsung has reduced the OEM offer for the most advanced 5nm process in the industry to attract the order from Qualcomm.
The Snapdragon 888 is manufactured using the brand new Samsung 5nm process. Qualcomm also emphasizes that the Samsung process can meet the requirements in terms of technology, cost, and functionality.
The Snapdragon 888 still has eight CPU cores but has upgraded a new architecture layout, especially the world’s first ARM’s first super-large core architecture, Cortex-X1, pursuing extreme performance. It claims to be 20% higher in theoretical performance than A78. The machine learning performance is 100% higher.
Qualcomm equipped the Snapdragon 888 with an X1 core, the main frequency is still the traditional standard 2.84GHz, with 1MB secondary cache. At the same time, there are three performance-level cores of the A78 architecture, both clocked at 2.40GHz, each with 512KB secondary cache, and four A55 architecture energy-efficient cores, both clocked at 1.80GHz, each with 128KB secondary cache. These cores share 4MB L3 cache, 3MB system cache, and the total cache capacity of the entire chip reaches 8MB.
Qualcomm claims that the performance of the Snapdragon 888 CPU has been improved by 25% compared with the previous generation, while the energy efficiency has also been improved by 25%, and it can maintain the consistently high performance for a long time without frequency fluctuations.