Problems with the release of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processors in 4nm technology by Samsung Electronics forced Qualcomm to switch to TSMC services in the new generation, but this does not mean that the American processor designer completely stopped working with the South Korean contractor Dong will adjust. Senior Vice President of the company explained McGuire (Don McGuire) interview South Korean media.
These announcements were made by a Qualcomm spokesperson at an event in Hawaii showcasing the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile processor, which is manufactured by TSMC using 4nm technology. In the second half of last year, Qualcomm transferred orders for the release of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processors from the Samsung assembly line to the performance of the same TSMC, changing the process technology from 4nm to 3nm. Rumor has it that Qualcomm wasn’t happy with the rejects on the Samsung assembly line when making these chips using 4nm technology.
Samsung’s technological problems within the 4nm standard were mainly known through the story with Qualcomm. Senior Vice President Don McGuire explained that the company will continue to use the services of multiple contractors simultaneously because it not only makes sense from a security of supply perspective but is also simply more profitable financially. After all, one supplier just isn’t able to meet all of Qualcomm’s needs – the batches of processors ordered by the company are so large.
In general, Qualcomm is willing to work with both TSMC and Samsung or GlobalFoundries. The distribution of orders among each other depends on the level of yield and the availability of sufficient production quotas. As Qualcomm continues to expand into new market niches, the company’s need for contract manufacturing services will increase, and not just in advanced lithography.
Now all Qualcomm orders for the production of 4nm and 3nm chips have gone to TSMC, but it is possible that the collaboration with Samsung within the proprietary 3nm technology using the surrounding gate transistor Structure (GAA) resumes as Korean contractor is not alone The first mastered 3nm process technology, but also outperformed TSMC in using a new transistor structure. The last of the companies will only switch to GAA as part of the 2nm process technology. Representatives from Samsung have recently announced their willingness to catch up with the competition as part of technical processes “thinner” than 4 nm.