Feeling the pinch from slowing mobile device profits, Samsung is looking to its chip fabrication business to make up the gap. And to do so, it's going to product next-generation mobile chips for one of its business rivals in the business: Qualcomm.
That's Qualcomm's super-chip expected to power high-end handsets and tablets in the first half of this year. In the past, Qualcomm has given Tawian Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) its chip-building business.
So what does Samsung's new 14nm FinFET process bring to the table?
The company touts more power efficiency from the 3D structure on transistors: A 15 percent higher speed boost and 15 percent lower power consumption over the prior generation. While Qualcomm will benefit from that, so too will Samsung, which is using the same process for its own Exynos 8 chips this year.
The production win will help Samsung's bottom line as well; an important point as the company struggles to keep growing profits in its mobile division on weakening handset sales.