Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 production won't commence until Q4: report

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 production won't commence until Q4: report
Qualcomm recently confirmed that the upcoming Snapdragon 855 will indeed be its first mobile chip based on the newer 7nm manufacturing process. And today, thanks to a report by Taiwan’s Central News Agency, it’s been confirmed that TSMC will be taking over from Samsung this year when it comes to production.

According to the report, TSMC currently has production of Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 800-series chip scheduled for Q4 2018, which means it could all begin as early as October. This will give the company more than enough time to prepare for its release in the first quarter of 2019, which will then allow multiple brands to use the new chip in their 2019 flagships such as Samsung with its upcoming Galaxy S10 line or Sony with its first flagship of the year.

Overall, it appears the new Snapdragon orders will account for roughly 8% of TSMC’s total revenues in 2019. This adds to the 7% Qualcomm already contributes to the company’s total through other manufacturing orders related to separate components. However, Qualcomm won’t be TSMC’s only major customer throughout 2019. After all, the company has also secured orders for Apple’s new A12 chip that will power the 2018 iPhone X line, although it isn’t set to be included in the cheaper LCD iPhone model.



1. pixel_ftw

Posts: 85; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

This is going to be good. Finally qualcomm going back to TSMC. Before the atrocious sd810 they had a great parnership. Here's hoping they will again bring that magic back.

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2519; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I’m anxious for two things with regards to the 855: the automotive applications we will see and what laptops will be powered by the variant of it. I’m especially excited to see if some Chromebooks will be powered by it.

3. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Probably because of low demand that's why they want it to be produced a little late.

4. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

You do know that there is a ton of flagship Android devices that will be using this SoC. Every year Qualcomm's flagship SoC is in about 30 different flagship models. There is even VR/AR headsets that use their flagship SoCs.

5. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

What I am referring to as low demand is because smartphone shipment this time is going down as the market became saturated except for Huawei which we all know is not using Snapdragon SoC. Majority of Samsung phones are powered by their own SoC except for Chinese and US variant. LG is slowly becoming irrelevant in the smartphone industry just like HTC and Sony is doing when it comes to sales figures even if they had a very good flagship devices. This is the reason why Qualcomm is not on a hurry to start mass production of this SoC.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5810; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Demanding won't be any lower than the past 3 years India and Chinese markets are still growing (see Xiamoi's Poco to combat OnePlus' growth) IMO is because Qualcomm are waiting for TSMC's yields of their new 7nm to improve Most likely IMO, there's a reason why: -Samsung and Intel's eqivalents have been delayed -Rumors of TSMC not meeting their promisings -Nvidia's Turning GPUs are 12FFN not 7FF -AMD's "7nm" GPUs are delayed

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