Qualcomm’s generations of Snapdragon processors are moving back and forth between TSMC and Samsung. The Snapdragon 830, Snapdragon 835, and Snapdragon 845 processors are Samsung’s 14nm and 10nm process foundries, and now the main Snapdragon 855 processor. The device is manufactured by TSMC, but it is rumoured that the next generation of Snapdragon 865 processor will be handed over to Samsung OEM, using the latter’s 7nm EUV process.
According to previous reports, the internal code of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 flagship platform is SM8250, which will be divided into two different versions, one of which is code-named Kona and the other version is Huracan, which will support LPDDR5X memory and UFS 3.0 flash memory. The difference between the two is that one integrates the Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G modem, and the other does not.
On August 6th, the mysterious device codenamed “Kona” appeared on the GeekBench website. Its single-core score was 4,160, and the multi-core score reached 12,946. It is reported that this processor is the rumoured Snapdragon 865.
Now what? Qualcomm seems to be jumping back again. UBS issued a report saying that Qualcomm will re-use TSMC at the 5nm node. This processor is likely to be the successor of the Snapdragon 865 processor i.e. the Snapdragon 875 processor.
As for why the change is so big, in fact, this matter is not so simple. In the future, the fabs that can manufacture 7nm and below will only have TSMC and Samsung. The technology and progress of the two companies are different. Not the same, fabless chip manufacturers will evaluate various factors to choose the foundry, which side has more advantages will choose which side of the foundry.
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