Yields of 10nm FinFET Chipsets Are Still Low – SoC Suppliers Forced to Reschedule Shipment Dates
Smartphone chipset suppliers are going to be in a huge spot of bother due to complicated procedures it takes to produce 10nm FinFET chips at favorable yields. Thanks to this setback, the latest report states that chipset manufacturers are going to have to push back dates they ensured smartphone manufacturers would receive their chips to incorporate in mobile devices. Looks like manufacturing chipsets on a bleeding-edge technology just became a whole lot difficult.
Both TSMC and Samsung Have Been Producing Unfavorable 10nm FinFET Yields – Reason for Delayed Snapdragon 835 Shipments Is Due to This
Possibly the reason why Intel has had trouble shifting to the 10nm process, as well as the fact that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 shipments have been taken over by Samsung, is due to unsatisfactory yields. MediaTek has also been forced to delay the arrival of its Helio X30 due to TSMC’s inability to produce favorable yields, with the latest report from DigiTimes stating that the SoC has already been delayed, which will obviously force smartphone manufacturers to delay their own chips in the process.
MediaTek’s co-COO Jeffrey Ju was also reported to say that the company’s 10nm Helio X30 was a bit delayed because the yield rate of this particular technology has not yet reached a satisfactory level. TSMC is not the only one that has been suffering from this setback and have in return given chipset manufacturers and phone makers more issues to deal with.
Samsung has also been affected by the same problem, which could have been the reason why the company was forced to push back the announcement date of its Galaxy S8. Looks like the Note7 fallout was not the only reason because Samsung might have anticipated that it would not be able to produce a satisfactory number of yields.
Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have been reported to be announced on March 29, with different models will either be running a Snapdragon 835 or an Exynos 8895. Samsung has already improved its initial smartphone shipments to 17 million, but the company actually has the resources in the right places to pull off this launch. According to sources close to the matter, if chip manufacturing companies are able to improve yields, then smartphones touting 10nm FinFET chipsets will account for 10 percent of the overall shipments for this quarter.