It’s time for next-gen mobile chips, and all rumours surrounding it show Samsung could be the foundry that would be supplying wafers to Qualcomm and use its own 4nm node for the highly anticipated Exynos 2200 with AMD RDNA2 graphics.
Recently, we got a leak that the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 895 will be using TSMC’s 4nm Process as Lenovo executive mentioned TSMC as the supplier for Qualcomm’s chips. However, two of those tipsters believe that Qualcomm will continue using Samsung nodes to develop the next-generation Snapdragon 895 and make its own Exynos 2200.
MauriQHD has come up to say that as per his source ‘Hades’, both the Snapdragon 895 and Exynos 2200 will be using Samsung’s 4nm process node. Well, it makes sense that Samsung will make use of its own semiconductors for its chips, but doubts surrounded Qualcomm’s decision to continue using Samsung’s node or not.
Even though Samsung has made a lot of effort in terms of chip production but they aren’t the best as TSMC is a bit ahead in this department. Qualcomm’s Exynos 888 could have been even more efficient if it would have used TSMC’s N5 node rather than using Samsung’s 5nm process.
Also, Samsung would be responsible for mass producing the next-gen Snapdragon X65 5G modem using its 4nm process node, so it is safe to pre-assume that Qualcomm will most likely stay loyal to Samsung even for the Snapdragon 895.
TSMC, as we know, is not the most cost-effective option, and Samsung’s lucrative deal might again tempt the San Diego firm. Also, it could be possible that Apple might lead the race in securing the initial TSMC’s 4nm capacity and even continue investing for a 3nm process node as we, the Cupertino giant, will need more wafers opting for in-house silicon totally.
Though it is very early to judge if both Snapdragon 895 and Exynos 2200 would get adversely affected using Samsung’s 4nm technology. However, you won’t have to wait for much to see them in action as Exynos 2200 and Apple’s A15 Bionic will surely land sooner in the coming months.