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After Asus, now Pantech also complains of Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip supply shortages

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After Asus, now Pantech also complains of Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip supply shortages
Asus whined last week that it can't get enough Snapdragon S4 chips from Qualcomm for its products, and now Pantech's CEO has a similar gripe: "The supply is not enough. If we had been provided with enough chipsets, we could have gained more momentum to lead the LTE phone market now. Due to the lack of chip supply, we had to lower the sales goal for the new phone. For now, we aim to secure a similar level of market share to our hit phone Vega Racer.

Qualcomm's shares fell after its record earnings quarter precisely because it gave a weaker guidance for the next two quarters on account of troubles with enough 28nm chips yields by TSMC. The foundry is trying to increase output for the spanking new mobile chip production method, but supply constraints won't start easing until September, Qualcomm said, with demand actually meeting supply as far as early next year.

Given that Qualcomm has stakes in both HTC and Pantech, it's hard to gauge towards which one it's playing favorites now. It also has to supply chips for the US versions of the One X and the Galaxy S III, not to mention the next crop of Nokia Windows Phones with Apollo, which are also likely to sport the S4. 

Well, that's what happens when you are the sole provider of integrated LTE chipsets done with 28nm, and we wouldn't be surprised if the companies mentioned are already looking around for alternatives.

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posted on 07 May 2012, 05:02 2

1. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Good news : Too much demand for S4 chip
Bad news : shortages

posted on 07 May 2012, 12:49

11. Igoturballs (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 May 2012)


what I don't get is why is it taking so long for samung to implament lte with exynos??? Ti and qualcomm could do it... I hope samsung could get their act together by next year

posted on 07 May 2012, 05:40 1

2. erikiksaz (Posts: 129; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


Report...who is Pantech? Hah, really, what teeny-weeny little piece of the total pie does Pantech require of TSMC anyways.

posted on 07 May 2012, 06:38 1

3. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


HTC and Samsung get priority ordering, which is why u dont see them complaining as much. Pretty much everyone else is screwed.

posted on 07 May 2012, 06:40

4. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


So if the shortages are not going to be fixed until the end of the year, what does that say about the next lines of the S4, the Pro and the Quad? They are not going to magically be made.. or at least made with any abundance at all, if they cant get the base chip shipping. It might just end up being a bad time in Qualcomm land later in the year if thats true when the exynos 5250/5450 and OMAP5 drop.

posted on 07 May 2012, 06:55 1

5. RobotMan (Posts: 134; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


No need to sell the new chip to WP marker as they don't need processor that is powerful.

posted on 07 May 2012, 07:55

8. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


True, and they don't need hardware....

posted on 07 May 2012, 07:09

6. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Don't get me wrong the 28nm is a great tech and the s4 is a great chip but they should have went with 32nm because look at the shortages now.

posted on 07 May 2012, 07:46

7. mercorp (Posts: 974; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


COMPLAIN KING.

posted on 07 May 2012, 12:04

9. medicci37 (Posts: 689; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


WTH is taking Samsung & TI so long to introduce quad core. Quad was supposed to be out last summer. These manufacturers are not moving fast enough. & seen to think last years tech is still good enough. Example- All the high priced duel core 1280/800 res tabs they (Especially Scamsum) are still putting out. If they didn't sell last year, what makes them think they will sell now ?

posted on 07 May 2012, 12:36

10. jcoberg10 (Posts: 110; Member since: 30 Oct 2009)


it is more about LTE than quad core.

posted on 07 May 2012, 12:56

12. medicci37 (Posts: 689; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Then why haven't TI, Samsung & Qualcomm released quad ? & There's no good reason (that i'm aware of) not to have Lte enabled in quad core. Qualcomms S4 Is lte compatible. Also, many tabs are still wifi or 3g only.

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