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TSMC beats Samsung in manufacturing of 5G RF chipsets, bags all Apple orders


Last updated: February 24th, 2022 at 09:35 UTC+02:00

The Samsung Galaxy S22 series, particularly the Galaxy S22 Ultra, comes with a 5,000 mAh battery. On paper, this looks fantastic, but in reality, according to several online reviews, the flagship isn’t that long-lasting in terms of battery life. Of course, it could be because the first-generation chip isn’t optimized properly. A few updates should do the trick.

On the other hand, the Apple iPhone 13 series, even though it comes with a slightly smaller battery, gives outstanding battery performance. Adding salt to the wounds, according to the latest report by Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, TSMC has beaten Samsung in the manufacturing process for 5G RF chipsets.

This resulted in TSMC bagging all orders for Apple’s 5G chips, which will eventually feature in the upcoming iPhone 14 series. As per the reports, TSMC is making use of the 6nm architecture to manufacture the 5G RF chipsets. Thanks to that, these chips are smaller and more powerful than the ones produced by Samsung.

New advanced TSMC chips would also allow Apple to support the latest 5G bands

One of the reasons for TSMC acquiring all orders from Apple is the fact that the new chipsets are expected to support the latest 5G bands. For your information, Apple wasn’t able to feature Wi-Fi 6E support in its iPhone 13 models. The new TSMC chips would allow Apple to put in the missing piece.

Apart from enhanced performance and Wi-Fi 6E support, these smaller chips would also let Apple put bigger batteries in their upcoming iPhones. We all know that 5G modems are battery-hungry. This is the reason why it is not recommended to switch on 5G all the time. The presence of bigger batteries would extend the battery life of the devices.

Moreover, TSMC and Apple share a strong bond. It is the same company that produces the powerful processors for Apple’s devices. So, going ahead with them makes sense for Apple in the long run while being another lost opportunity for Samsung.

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