The 14nm FinFET technology is here to be among mobile users and on cell-phone user’s hand. The naming of this technology node as “14 nm” came from the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS). One nanometer (nm) is one billionth of a meter. The smallest commercial chips now use 10nm technology. An average chip is about the size of a quarter. The first 14 nm scale devices were shipped to consumers by Intel in 2014. The technology has been now adopted by Qualcomm and is now being incorporated into the Snapdragon chip, that is being used in the Cell Phones. The present Snapdragon 660 and 630, will be replaced by the 653 and 626 chip respectively, with the 14nm FinFET technology.
Qualcomm, Snapdragon 660 is the successor to Qualcomm’s 653 series. The latest chipset is based on 14nm process and uses Kryo 260 cores, which is a first for Qualcomm. It has Adreno 512 GPU, which is an upgrade over Adreno 510 on Snapdragon 653 SoC. Qualcomm says it brings 30 percent improvement, allowing better and multimedia experience. The chipset includes X12 LTE modem and connectivity options such as Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C. It has Quick Charge 4 support.
The Snapdragon 660 and 630 will be equipped with 8GB maximum memory and Vulkan API support. The Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform supports display up to QHD (2K) resolution, whereas the 630 supports FHD/QXGA (1080p). One can expect the chip to be available in the mobile devices by the end of this month (May 2017). India being one of the largest consumers of mobile devices, is expected to receive it first.