According to reports from Taiwan that came to our attention today, it seems that TSMC is working closely with Mediatek on an next-gen SoC with 12 cores that will be based on the cutting-edge 7nm architecture! This means that this new system processor will be faster, more powerful and more power efficient than today’s 10nm chips.
So far Mediatek has successfully manufactured several 10 core chipsets, like the Helio X20 and X25 with significant increase in their performance, but this doesn’t seem to be enough for them to compete with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8xxx SoC’s today. Mediatek already knows this, so the Chinese based company has decided to choose a specific approach, to accomplish its goals by balancing performance with pricing and energy efficiency.
According to official reports Samsung and TSMC have already plans to work on the mass production of 7nm processors by early 2018. This means that it won’t be that long before we begin to see the first 12 core smartphones and perhaps the next Galaxy S9 will be one of them.
Mediatek is currently working hard to create its 10nm flagship processor called Helio X30. It is expected to be used by several Chinese manufacturers and its mass production is expected to begin during the second quarter of 2017.