Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 flagship platform has been in use since the past few months now. A lot of flagship smartphones of recent times use this chipset for superlative performance. It is based on 7 nm process technology, and now the details of Qualcomm’s next-generation flagship platform i.e. the Snapdragon 865 are out. All recent media reports state that Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 will now be manufactured by Samsung. The 855 chipsets are currently made by TSMC!
Industry insiders have said that Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 manufactured by Samsung is not a piece of unexpected news. Right now TSMC’s current 7nm capacity is limited. Samsung’s offer to produce the 865 chip is much better than TSMC (about 60%). So Qualcomm agreed to it only in response to market demand. But what is worrying is the development of its follow-up products in the process.
Leng Xi Dev said that TSMC will have a 6nm process in place by next year. Due to the significant cost reduction, it has already attracted a lot of prospective buyers. However, for core customers such as Apple and Huawei, the next-generation flagship product would still be the preferred choice of 5nm. And maybe their second flagship product will consider the 6 nm process to enhance product competitiveness and cost.
5nm chipsets? Where is the industry headed?
Next year’s smartphone chip market will be very exciting. 5 nm process is expected to enter mass production in 2020. The current logic yield has exceeded 70%. 6nm is expected to enter trial production in the same period. But if Qualcomm chooses Samsung for the 7nm process in future then their follow-up mid-end products might not be that cost effective!
In addition, Leng Xi Dev said that the manufacturing process will enter the unit number era next year, and the forms of 7, 7+, 6, 5 and 5+ will be the mainstream in the next few years.
It is worth noting that multiple sources indicate that Qualcomm’s main chipset in the next year Snapdragon 865 will solely be made by Samsung. Such a move will definitely affect TSMC’s 2020 revenue.
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