Qualcomm had recently revealed that its latest flagship smartphone chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, is being manufactured by Samsung using the 4nm process. However, it appears that all is not well, and there could be some changes to the production of the new processor.
If recent rumors are to be believed, Qualcomm is unhappy with low yields from Samsung Foundry’s 4nm fabrication process. If production issues persist, the company might shift at least some production of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset from Samsung Foundry to its main rival TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company).
According to some industry experts, TSMC’s chip fabrication processes are usually better than Samsung Foundry’s in terms of size and power efficiency. If Qualcomm decides to make some Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chips using Samsung Foundry’s process and others using TSMC’s process, there might be performance or power efficiency differences between them, leading to Apple’s ‘ChipGate’-like issue.
Even the Exynos 2200 chipset is expected to be built using Samsung Foundry’s 4nm process, and if the report is accurate, the Galaxy S22 series might face chip shortage issues. Moreover, losing a part of the chip contract from a big client like Qualcomm might hurt Samsung’s semiconductor business and its plans to defeat TSMC by 2030.
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