While Samsung is the world’s biggest memory chip maker, it is a distant second in contract logic chip manufacturing. The company has been lagging behind TSMC, its main rival, for years now. And the situation doesn’t seem to be improving at all, at least going by its 4nm chip production yields.
During its 54th annual shareholders’ meeting, the South Korean firm revealed that more advanced semiconductor process nodes (like 4nm and 5nm) are pretty complex, and it will take time to improve yields. It is being reported that Samsung Foundry’s yields for 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chips are very low at just 35%. If this information is correct, it is a matter of concern for the company.
Samsung Foundry reportedly lost Qualcomm as its client for upcoming high-end chips
It was reported a few weeks ago that Samsung Foundry has lost Qualcomm as a client for its upcoming 4nm and 3nm chips. The company has reportedly chosen TSMC as its chip manufacturer for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+, which could be released sometime in the second half of 2022. The Taiwanese firm now has three big clients: Apple, MediaTek, and Qualcomm.
However, Samsung is hoping to improve its performance with its 3nm process that could be launched by the end of 2022 or in 2023. The South Korean firm will use a completely new GAA (Gate All Around) process for its 3nm technology, which according to industry experts, could improve performance by a significant margin. TSMC is yet to adopt the GAA technology.
Will Samsung be able to win back key clients like Apple and Qualcomm for advanced process nodes? Only time can answer that question.
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