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Qualcomm ditches Samsung to work with TSMC for 7nm Snapdragon chipset

Samsung will continue to manufacture the 835 Snapdragon chipsets for Qualcomm.

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Qualcomm has ended the partnership with Samsung for the manufacturing of the next generation Snapdragon chipset. While the present chips are based on the 10nm factor, the next-gen processors will be 7nm. Samsung has already invested heavily in setting up the manufacturing facility and production lines for the 7nm chipset. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022

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Qualcomm has instead decided to go ahead with TSMC for the next Snapdragon chipset, expected to be titled ‘Snapdragon 845’. As originally reported by Fudzilla, the change comes owing to Samsung’s constant focus on the 10nm chipset while the industry wanted the switch to 7nm sooner. This led to a delay in production of the new chipsets. Samsung is not expected to commence production of the 7nm chips till late next year, along with the launch of the 2018 Galaxy Note handset. Samsung has already invested $7 billion in setting up production lines for both the chipsets. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch in India next week: Top specs, price around Rs 15,000, more

TSMC, on the other hand, skipped the 10nm chips and instead focused entirely on the production of the 7nm, one of the main reasons Qualcomm decided to make the switch between the two. TSMC has been on a roll this year with initially scoring the contract from Apple for manufacturing the A10 chipset for the latest generation iPhones. Additionally, Apple A11 is also based on 10nm. TSMC is also expected to soon finish manufacturing of the Helio X30 chipset that is the first Helios 7nm chipset soon. While TSMC is growing in the market, the times ahead for Samsung look challenging. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to be first to boast Qualcomm s upcoming Snapdragon 836 SoC: Report

The Korean brand has introduced the 8nm chipset production, which is a small upgrade to the present 10nm ones, though nothing as major as 7nm. They are expected to be a sort of bridge connecting the two generations. The next Samsung Galaxy Exynos chipset will most likely be 8nm. So far, Apple has been the only major brand focused on using the 10nm chips. TSMC already launched the beta version of the chipset last year with customers experimenting with the new technology. Samsung, on the other hand, will roll out the first beta version in the coming month.

While the brand has been performing strongly in the consumer gadgets segment, the majority of its income continues to come from the component production segment. Last year, Samsung chipset manufacturing business saw sales of $4.44 billion, of which 40 percent or nearly $1.78 billion was contributed by the production of Qualcomm s chips. Samsung will continue making the 10nm chips for Snapdragon 835 as the chipset is relatively new and is expected to be in demand throughout the next year.

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  • Published Date: June 13, 2017 10:48 AM IST



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