Qualcomm is using TSMC’s manufacturing method for the future Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus, while one source claims that Samsung will not mass-produce the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Due to Samsung’s inability to provide a consistent supply of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processors due to reported yield concerns, Qualcomm’s first reaction would be to switch to TSMC.
According to Ice Universe, Samsung may also lose out on Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 orders, although the insider does not explain why. However, given the number of previous reports on the subject, we can come up with a response.
It’s no secret that TSMC makes better processors in larger quantities, which is why Apple has relied on the company for shipments for many years. Both the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus and Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 might benefit from mass production, resulting in significant performance and power-efficiency gains, as well as a steady supply of chip shipments that Qualcomm can pass on to its customers.
Samsung’s rumoured yield rate for its 4nm process was 35 per cent at the time, implying that 65 out of 100 chips were defective and would have to be thrown. In comparison, TSMC is doing far better, with a yield rate of 70% or more, making it a no-brainer for Qualcomm. The chipset company is claimed to be working closely with its new foundry partner to bring the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus to market as soon as possible to replace the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, implying that it would arrive sooner than planned.
TSMC may mass-produce the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 using its 4nm design, while chips built on the 3nm process may not be available until late next year. Aside from a rumour saying that the next SoC will enable AV1, we have very little information at this time. We’re hoping Qualcomm can resolve its supply challenges and produce a better chipset for the Android flagship handsets in 2023.