Qualcomm starts making iPhone LTE radios soon, will need lots of 28-nanometer silicon

Qualcomm starts making iPhone LTE radios soon, will need lots of 28-nanometer silicon
One of the features expected to finally arrive on the iPhone with the smartphone's next iteration is LTE connectivity. According to DigiTimes, production of the needed radios is to begin in the very near future. Qualcomm is the manufacturer burdened with the task, the source clarifies. The LTE radios will be made at the TSMC factory using 28-nanometer process, and about 10,000 12-inch wafers will be required. 

Those 10,000 wafers are actually quite a lot – about a third of the foundry's capacity. That is also about as much as NVIDIA will need for its chips, which is bad news for the rest of the companies in need of 28-nanometer wafers. In addition, the TSMC foundry is where Broadcom will be making the Wi-Fi chips, expected to be fitted inside the upcoming new iPhone, which will make meeting the demand for 28-nanometer silicon even more difficult than it already is.

All in all, 28-nanometer chips are likely to be in low supply until TSMC manages to ramp up its production to 50,000 per month, which is expected to happen before the year's end. It is said that over $8 million have been invested in order to make that possible.

source: DigiTimes

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43 Comments

1. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

Is it me or i just read somewhere that there is a chance that Apple might get sued by Samsung if they use LTE on their upcoming iPhone? lol

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Only if it's implemented a certain way. Apple will do it n a way That still allows great battery life though.

3. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yeah, by taking away more functions.

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You just don't get it

25. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

No, you just don't get it.

5. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Oh, crap. Meant to thumbs down. Sorry bro. -_-

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I really hope they get sued. Samsung delays the launch of the iPhone and then Apple will finally know how it feels. But then I have doubts. Apple will probably file 20 patents on LTE before the phone comes out.

32. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Can they find that many bar napkins in time?? I doubt they can afford to lose that many iphones to make patents.. lol

42. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"Apple will do it n a way That still allows great battery life though". They dont really have to. They just waited til the LTE tech was better on battery life. Like so many said they were gonna do when LTE phones first came out. The more I read n hear n learn about Apple..the more some of these guys predictions comes true. That 28 nanometer chip already is better vs whats out now. IF Apple was smart...they will either use Qualcomm chips that have it intergrated on the whole thing...or find a way to intergrate it on whatever chip they use. I cant see Apple using an S4. If they did they will probably use it, make their tweaks, adjustments and give it a new name. http://gizmodo.com/5887205/new-snapdragon-chip-with-integrated-lte-will-save-your-battery This reminds me....the next chip in the iPhone 5 will be interesting.

4. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yup, and they deserve it....

6. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

They probably will since Samsung supposedly owns more than 10% of essential LTE patents

7. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

That's what i'm saying.. I think that's Samsung trump card if things will get out of hand, but who knows.. Apple is very powerful on their country..

30. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

No because this is from Qualcomm chip, Qualcomm would already has license it from Samsung.

8. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

oh and the battle for surpremancy continues.

20. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Samsung's next flagship device will have 3D maps

23. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

you just don't get it.

27. audiblenarcotic

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Google Maps already has 3D functionality... jeez.

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Android has had 3d maps for 1-2 years now taco. Like always, Apple users think they are first to something when they finally get it.. though they are normally last to the party.

39. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Apple's next flagship device will suddenly be all about bigger screens and LTE.

40. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Since it will have Google Maps...you are correct....lol. In fact...their current flagship already has 3D maps...lol.

9. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

So Apple is finally going to try and make a real 4G device instead of just fooling their customers by displaying 4G on their iPhone 4's, which clearly are not 4G devices.

11. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

The 4S devices have the same theoretical speeds as 4g ones.

13. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

Yes, and theoretically, time travel is possible too, but that doesn't mean it will happen. Besides, even with an LTE radio, the processor in the 4S is behind many of the newer android processors.

17. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

theoretically the U.S doesnt have 4G let's start there

22. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

I know US 4G doesn't meet the international standard for 4G. The fact remains, many processors in newer Android phones are faster than the one in the 4S. Doesn't matter if it's 3G, HSPA+(3.5G), or 4G LTE. It's just slower.

24. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

it has been proven that the processor on the 4S is faster that the SGSII and that was the phone of the year. you can dispute that Androids has true multitasking or that have widgets flash etc... but on paper the 4S won..

26. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Because we should believe you on ANYTHING.

28. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

to believe me is your choice.. but you have Google as your default search engine. use it

29. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

"On paper" doesn't really matter does it? Actual performance in use is where things should be determined better or worse. As a sports fan, I'm glad they do not rule winners and losers "on paper". I've put my Rezound next to my gf's iPhone she got a couple months ago, and I don't see anything it does faster than my phone, internet or not.

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Gallito, thats not true. They use identical processors. The A5/A5x and the Exynos are the same base CPU chip. The part that is faster is the PowerVR GPU found on the i4s compared to the SGS2's Mali-400. PowerVR is hands down the most powerful GPU series out right now. Im going to get terminology into your head if its the last thing I do :)

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