A few weeks ago, reports claimed that Samsung is going to manufacture the Qualcomm’s latest 10nm Snapdragon 830 chipset. Just a few days ago, Samsung Foundry also confirmed to start the mass production of 10nm FinFET chipsets.
But, it seems things are not going as expected for the Korean company. According to a report published today in China’s Economic Daily News, Samsung is already behind schedule. Reportedly, Qualcomm is planning to switch to TSMC for further orders instead of waiting for Samsung to ramp up production of its upcoming Snapdragon 830 chipset.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8XX series is known to power high-end devices and the latest 821 is currently powering the Google’s Pixel smartphones. All the smartphone manufacturers such as OnePlus, Moto, Lenovo, Sony, Samsung, HTC, Xiaomi and more are waiting for chipset sample to start designing Snapdragon 830 powered devices. But according to the report, the Samsung is yet to deliver the sample to smartphone makers.
Citing the potential delay of promised timelines to its partners, Qualcomm is reportedly switching orders to TSMC. It’s also worth noting that Samsung is the only one in the industry to start mass production of 10nm chipsets and TSMC has yet to roll out the production. So, it seems like smartphone makers might have to suffice with 16nm process node for now.
Though Qualcomm hasn’t confirmed switching orders to TSMC, but if they do, we’ll keep you posted.