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Samsung Falls Behind On Snapdragon 830 Production; Qualcomm To Allegedly Switch With TSMC

Ramish Zafar
Posted Oct 19, 2016
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Samsung announced that it had commenced production of 10nm chips just a few back. The news came just on time, as the Korean manufacturer will launch the Galaxy S8 in Q1 2017. The flagship will feature Qualcmm’s Snapdragon 830 and Samsung’s Exynos 8895, both of which will be manufactured on the aforementioned process. Samsung and Qualcomm have had good ties for quite a while. Today reports claim that Samsung LSI might be behind schedule for the Snapdragon. Take a look below to find out more.

Samsung LSI Allegedly Falls Behind Production Schedule For The Snapdragon 830 Claim Reports

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 830 will be a big announcement for the US chip giant. After throttling issues surfaced on the Snapdragon 810 two years back, the company has changed quite a few things. For starters, the company switched to its custom Kryo cores for the processor lineup. While this and other accompanying changes did improve temperature management on the Snapdragon 820, the processor still didn’t fare well when stacked against its competitors.

In fact, Qualcomm launched the higher frequency Snapdragon 821 in August. The processor made it on board a handful of devices, including Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL. Now, with no more flagship smartphones expected for 2016, all eyes rest on the Snapdragon 830. Qualcomm seems to have its cards in order, if we look at rumors and official company announcements. However, things might not be as smooth as they appear.

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Reports out of China claim that production schedules for the Snapdragon might be facing delays. A lot of Android vendors have not received qualified samples for the 830, which will end up impacting overall device performance and sales. The list includes Samsung electronics, LG, HTC, Asustek, Sony, Xiaomi and more. This has resulted in the US chipmaker ‘likely’ to switch follow up orders to TSMC.

Unlike Samsung, TSMC hasn’t announced its production for 10nm, so Qualcomm might land in a tricky spot as 2016 heads to a close. The Taiwanese fab has been quite vocal for its plans on upgraded nodes, but Samsung seems to have beaten it to the punch. Still, nothing can be taken as set in stone until official information surfaces. It’s very unlikely for the Snapdragon 830 to be manufactured on the 16nm node. We’ll be on the look out for more. Till then, stay tuned and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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