Qualcomm is going with TSMC for 7nm Snapdragons, not Samsung

June 12th, 2017   decode   Android 7.1

Samsung won the bid to produce this generation of flagship Snapdragon chips, but it seems that the next iteration will be forged at TSMC fabs. TSMC has been scoring some big wins recently, including building the current Apple 10 chips (at 16nm) and the Apple A11 on 10nm, plus Helio X30 on 7nm soon.

Qualcomm reportedly approached Samsung to talk about the Snapdragon 845 (LG too). Samsung will likely be one of the biggest buyers of the new chip for next year’s Galaxy flagships, but it seems it will not be building the chips in its factories.

That was a profitable business on its own,…

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