Samsung and Qualcomm Working Together on a New Chip

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Samsung announced a few days ago that it will be teaming up with rival chip producer Qualcomm to make the new processers for their upcoming handsets. Samsung revealed that they have entered a deal with chip maker Qualcomm to use its second-gen 14nm FinFET process technology to mass-produce Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820.

The chip’s last version, the 810, contained the fastest processor in the Snapdragon line when released in 2014.

Even though it was the main chip made by Qualcomm last year, the Snapdragon 810 suffered from thermal issues that led to reports of overheating and aggressive chip throttling that reduced performance. Samsung didn’t use the Snapdragon 810 for its mobile devices in 2015, instead they used their self-developed Exynos processor in the Note 5 and S6 line of phones.

Though this team-up is certainly unusual, it does not necessarily mean Qualcomm and Samsung are no longer competitors. This deal is exclusive only to the Snapdragon 820. And it wouldn’t be the first time Samsung worked with competitors, they have after all given chips to Apple for use in their mobile devices.

Still though, it seems like the industry is more and more being controlled by a few huge players. What do you guys think? Are we getting close to a monopoly?

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