When Qualcomm went to TSMC and introduced the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, it was assumed that Samsung and Qualcomm would by no means agree on a future partnership. Happily, when Samsung’s 3nm GAA course of reaches trial manufacturing the next week, a enterprise alliance between the 2 organizations would possibly nonetheless be within the playing cards.
In distinction to Samsung, whose 4nm yield share was mentioned to be at about 35 %, TSMC reportedly had a yield of greater than 70 %, making it the perfect associate for a dependable provide of chip shipments. This led Qualcomm to put chip orders with TSMC relatively than Samsung.
As a result of the 4nm course of utilized by the Taiwanese firm is claimed to be extra power-efficient, Qualcomm might make use of it to acquire well timed Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 shipments if the producer has no issues.
The Elec mentioned that Qualcomm had proven TSMC its 3nm design pattern earlier than Samsung as a result of Samsung’s 3nm GAA course of was nonetheless experiencing yield issues
Later this yr, bulk manufacturing of Apple’s M2 Professional and M2 Max utilizing TSMC’s 3nm expertise is anticipated to begin, and if these orders battle with Qualcomm’s impending shipments, Samsung could also be added as a possible foundry associate.
Moreover, in response to the rumors, Qualcomm has put aside sources for Samsung’s 3nm GAA course of. The paper claims that the San Diego chip maker has fixed entry to Samsung’s cutting-edge expertise and might base judgments on that development. As a consequence of Samsung’s lack of ability to lift the yield charges of their 4nm course of, the corporate not too long ago eliminated the top of semiconductor growth.
Despite the fact that Samsung’s trial run received’t begin till the subsequent week, it’s nonetheless too early to inform whether or not this managerial change will assist Samsung maximize 3nm GAA yields. Watch this house for extra particulars to see if Qualcomm is contemplating what Samsung has to supply.
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