Owing to the significant problem that arises about Samsung-developed chips like the Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 production are successfully delegated to TSMC by Qualcomm.
Particularly, this results in a significant loss for Samsung’s foundry division. In parallel, it appears that the company will soon have the opportunity to produce Qualcomm’s high-end chipsets.
According to a report from BNext, Samsung Foundry will use its 3nm GAA (GAAFET) node to produce Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipsets. TSMC, a Taiwanese company, will produce the majority of the chips. However, it accomplishes this by employing its 3nm FinFET process.
This is mainly because TSMC now produces between 75 and 80 percent more wafers per wafer. On the other hand, it also suggests that Samsung achieves a yield of between 60 and 70 percent for its 3nm chips. Additionally, the South Korean company’s yield of only 20% per wafer is in the air. This was before its partnership with Silicon Frontline Technology, a semiconductor company based in the United States.
Additionally, chip manufacturers like Qualcomm typically pay semiconductor foundries per wafer. It suggests that the price per chip is lower the higher the yield. As a result, if the product is low, they will eventually have to charge more to their customers. The device’s cost gradually rises. At the same time, smartphone makers might switch to other chip manufacturers as a result of the cost increase.
For the first time, Samsung Foundry is using its GAA technology
In addition, Samsung Foundry is putting its GAA (Gate All Around) technology to use for the first time in chip manufacturing. even though production is inefficient. Another aspect is the expectation that chips made with GAA technology will have better thermals and power efficiency than chips made with FinFET designs.
As a result, Samsung’s ability to compete with TSMC in the 3nm market remains to be seen. Alternatively, including Samsung in the mix will still be fantastic. The 3nm process from TSMC is supposed to be used to make Apple’s A17 chipset. While Samsung’s 3nm chip may be used in Google’s Tensor G3.