Qualcomm reportedly ditches Samsung, moves ahead with TSMC for 7nm processors

Business
By 

Last updated: June 13th, 2017 at 08:49 UTC+02:00

Qualcomm chose Samsung to manufacture its 10nm Snapdragon 835 chipset late last year, thanks to the latter’s superior fabrication technology. It was a win-win situation for both the firms. The South Korean electronics firm reaped profits by manufacturing Snapdragon 835. On the other hand, Qualcomm had access to Samsung’s 10nm technology, and its chips were also used in millions of Galaxy S8 and S8+ units.

It is now being reported by Fudzilla that Qualcomm has ditched Samsung and contracted the manufacturing of its next-generation high-end chipset to Samsung’s rival TSMC. If this report is true, we can say that it has been a bad year for Samsung. It recently lost the Apple contract to manufacture processors for iPhones. Apparently, Qualcomm had been developing 7nm processor using chip development tools provided by TSMC since the second half of last year.

Qualcomm wants to mass produce its next-generation chipset (that could be named Snapdragon 845 or Snapdragon 855) sometime between the end of this year and early next year. Samsung recently separated its chip designing and chip manufacturing business. The company’s foundry business saw sales of $4.44 billion last year, and around 40% sales ($1.78 billion) came from manufacturing Snapdragon chipsets.

While Samsung wanted to focus on 10nm process, its 7nm technology was delayed. TSMC, on the other hand, focussed on 7nm technology, skipping the 10nm process. Samsung recently announced that its 7nm process will be based on EUV and that it has also added 8nm process in between 7nm and 10nm. The next Exynos chipset is reportedly based on 8nm process, which is a minor upgrade to 10nm FinFET process.

Mass production of chipsets based on Samsung’s 7nm technology is expected to commence in the second half of next year. Meanwhile, TSMC supplied its 7nm chip development tools to its clients last year, so it’s ahead of Samsung as of now.

Via Source Business 7nmQualcommSnapdragon 845Snapdragon 855TSMC
Load comments

Related News

Samsung breaks new 5G upload speed record in Texas

  • By Mihai M.
  • 1 week ago

Snapdragon Galaxy S22 loses to Exynos model in early benchmark

  • By Mihai M.
  • 1 month ago

Indian customers will love the Galaxy S22 if latest rumor is true

  • By Mihai M.
  • 2 months ago

Next-gen Wear OS watches may have already lost to the Galaxy Watch 4

  • By Mihai M.
  • 2 months ago

Galaxy A52s vs Galaxy A52 (5G): For customers who want even more power

  • By Mihai M.
  • 2 months ago

Here’s what Qualcomm’s 2022 flagship chipset could have in …

  • By Abhijeet M.
  • 3 months ago

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon smartphone costs more than a Galaxy S2 …

  • By Asif S.
  • 4 months ago

Samsung could manufacture Qualcomm’s next flagship processor

  • By Asif S.
  • 4 months ago