Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is expected to arrive towards the end of the year, and while that is a long time to wait, one source claims that the SoC shows promise, at least in terms of efficiency. This improvement could be due to the San Diego semiconductor firm switching foundries completely.-
According to Ice Universe, the first tests for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 have yielded positive results. Qualcomm’s next-generation SoC, he claims, outperforms even the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, Qualcomm’s first chipset to use TSMC’s 4nm design. T
he Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is more efficient than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which was mass-produced on Samsung’s 4nm technology and was known for performance and overheating difficulties.
Previously it was reported that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC was a power-hungry beast
This news contradicts what we previously reported, which claimed that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, MediaTek’s Density 9000, and Samsung’s Exynos 2300 were power-hungry SoCs due to inefficient Cortex-X3 cores.
We assume Qualcomm will develop a proprietary Kryo core based on ARM’s Cortex-X3, although the improvements are more likely due to TSMC’s better architecture, as noted by Ice Universe in previous tests.
While we don’t have any numbers to back up these claims, if the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 said to be tested in the tweet was built on TSMC’s 4nm design, there’s a good chance Qualcomm will make the Taiwanese chipmaker its only supplier for the next-generation SoC.
Samsung had its chance, but it is expected to begin scale production of 3nm GAA technology in the second part of this year, with US President Joe Biden having already been invited to see it in action.
If Samsung’s fabrication technique proves to be superior to TSMC’s, we could see Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 orders shift swiftly, but it’s too early to say at this point. We’re confident that more tests will be carried out before commercial chipsets are released to Qualcomm phone partners.