TSMC very close to start producing Qualcomm Snapdragon 7nm chipsets

TSMC very close to start producing Qualcomm Snapdragon 7nm chipsets
Rumors are running around regarding the possible collaboration between TSMC and Qualcomm for the production of 7nm chipsets. Apparently, Qualcomm has decided to drop Samsung and rekindle the partnership with TSMC, which will be the sole manufacturer of its next-generation Snapdragon processors.

Now, a new report coming from “industry sources” claims that TSMC is very likely to win a major contract with Qualcomm thanks to its new 7nm FinFET manufacturing process. The chip maker is expected to land a new order from the US company at the end of 2018 or early 2019.

TSMC has already landed orders for 5G modem chips from MediaTek with shipments scheduled to be out in 2019. The same report states that Qualcomm wants TSMC to build its 5G modem chips as well, not just the next-generation Snapdragon processors.

Qualcomm and TSMC have been partners for a long time before the former decided to work with Samsung for the production of 14nm and 10nm chipsets. Well, it looks like Qualcomm is going back to its initial chips suppliers – TSMC.

source: Digitimes

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5 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1658; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

TSMC is definitely a more reliable business partner.

2. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Tsmc's 7nm will be done with old tools ( aka precision of ~200nm ) while Samsung's 7nm Will be a revolution in semi market .. it will be far less complicated and easy to manufacture with new tools with precision less than 20nm ... Tsmc and Sammy 7nm are incomparable.

5. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Explain exactly how Samsung’s will be far less complicated and easier to manufacture. Start at the photomask level. Heck I’ll make it easier for you, skip the photomask and start at the wafer itself, now tell me what Samsung will do different than TSMC.

3. Duncdawg26

Posts: 174; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

This would certainly be better for Android competition. Samsung won't have the corner market for the first half of the year on the newest chip, forcing all other EOM's to wait till May to ship their phones

4. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

PA publishes these rumor every year. It's always about Samsung losing either QC or Apples orders For SoC's Oled, Memory Chips etc.. and then turns around and says that Apple or QC had to come back to Samsung as TSMC, LG, Sharp etc.. just did not have the capacity to meet the demands or that the manufacturing process was not as advance as Samsung's. Just wait we will get another article from PA stating Samsung will be producing all of QC 7nm SoC.

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