Qualcomm is a big winner inside Samsung's Galaxy S5

Summary:The clear winner inside the Galaxy S5 is Qualcomm, securing not only the top processor spot with the Snapdragon 801, but also a handful of other key sockets.

Samsung Galaxy S5 teardown
(Source: Chipworks)

Inside the Samsung Galaxy S5 is technology that you won't find in any other smartphone, and thanks to Chipworks we now get a glimpse into what went into the making of this handset.

The clear winner inside the Galaxy S5 is Qualcomm, securing not only the top processor spot with the Snapdragon 801, but also the RF receiver, RF transmitter, audio codec, power management module, power management module, and power amplifier.

Inside the Samsung Galaxy S5
(Source: Chipworks)

Inclusion of a Qualcomm processor means that the Galaxy S5 supports Quick Charge 2.0 , technology that can take a battery from flat to 20 percent in 12 minutes, and fully charge it in a little over an hour and a half.

Such a heavy Qualcomm presence in not only what is Samsung's flagship handset but what many see as the flagship of the entire Android offering will no doubt be good for the company.

In an interesting twist, the LTE chip for the Galaxy S5 was not supplied by Qualcomm, and neother did it come from Nvidia (which is making headway in the market segment). Instead, it comes from Singaporean company Avago.

Other chips for the Galaxy S5 were supplied by Samsung (RAM), Maxim (the PSoC and battery/power circuit), Avago (the 2G/Edge, 3G, LTE and other cellular chipsets), NXP (NFC), Audience, FCI, Invensense, RFMD, and Lattice.

The Galaxy S5 brings a number of new innovations to the table, including a 16-mgapixel camera module, a heartbeat monitor, and a fingerprint scanner that is incorporated into the front screen.

There are also several unidentified chips inside the Galaxy S5 that Chipworks are still working on identifying.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware


Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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