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

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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12 Comments

1. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

11. Igoturballs

Posts: 2; Member since: May 07, 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

2. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

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

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

5. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

8. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

6. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

7. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

COMPLAIN KING.

9. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 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 ?

10. jcoberg10

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

it is more about LTE than quad core.

12. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 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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