TSMC officially unveiled its 7nm FinFET node technology a while back, and as per the latest reports, the chip manufacturer has already secured orders from Apple for its upcoming A12 chipsets for the latest iPhone family. Looking at how Samsung just demonstrated its 7nm EUV technology yesterday, Qualcomm might also have ended up a customer of TSMC’s in the hopes of bringing its first ever 7nm chipset to the market as quickly as possible.
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According to the rumors floating around, Qualcomm and TSMC may have teamed up to make 7nm chipsets. Qualcomm has allegedly chosen TSMC over Samsung, as the Korean giant was taking considerably longer to bring out its 7nm technology, though the EUV method brings a significant number of advantages to the table.
Industry insiders have also reported that it is likely that TSMC will land a major contract with Qualcomm because of its latest 7nm FinFET manufacturing process. The deal is likely to be finalized by the end of this year or early next year.
Qualcomm and TSMC first teamed up for the production of the 65nm chipsets back in 2006. TSMC is a few months ahead of Samsung when it comes to the next-generation manufacturing process, with the company’s work expected to start towards the end of 2018. TSMC has also reportedly increased its 7nm production as it is likely to receive orders from many partners.
Qualcomm is not the only one company who is looking to benefit from TSMC’s expertise. Earlier, MediaTek had placed orders with the company for its Helio M70-series chips that feature a 5G modem. The orders are likely to be delivered in 2019. That’s not all because Huawei’s next-generation Kirin chipset, the Kirin 980 will also be based on the same technology. Other reports have alleged that Xiaomi is also working with TSMC to make its in-house silicon to deduce dependency on firms like Qualcomm.
The partnership between Qualcomm and TSMC goes back a long way, though there was a brief hiatus when Qualcomm placed orders with the South Korean giant Samsung for the production of its 10nm and 14nm chipsets. Seems like the U.S.-based chipset manufacturer has come a full circle and is all set to rekindle the old partnership.
News Source: DigiTimes