Chipset maker Qualcomm may outsource production of its Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chips to TSMC and Samsung. GSMArena reports that TSMC is likely to win the majority of orders for chipsets built on the 3nm process due to its incredibly high yield rate of 80%.
According to GSMArena’s report, the current 3 nm GAA wafer yield rate is around 60-70%. However, his TSMC in Taiwan has successfully implemented 75-80% of single wafers. If this data is to be believed, tech giants Apple and Qualcomm wouldn’t be having trouble shipping their next-generation chipsets, the A17 Bionic and Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 respectively.
South Korean giant Samsung experienced an appalling yield of around 20% before partnering with US-based company Silicon Frontline Technology.
Meanwhile, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited, commonly known as TSMC, one of Apple’s main iPhone makers, last month more than tripled its planned investment in a new chip manufacturing plant in Arizona, USA, to $40 billion. announced. , one of the largest foreign investments in US history.
The development comes after US President Joe Biden visited and welcomed TSMC’s facility in Arizona, a Reuters report said. TSMC has already announced plans to open a factory in Arizona, which is expected to open in 2024. This also comes as his Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that Apple will buy US-made chips at an event in Arizona where Biden also spoke.
TSMC Chairman Mark Liu has estimated annual sales of $10 billion when the two planned chip fabs open, and customers’ annual sales from products using the chips produced there. adds $40 billion.
Earlier in November, Apple said it planned to use chipsets from its Arizona, USA factory from 2024. This is an attempt to reduce reliance on Asian production, which has been disrupted by worker unrest in China. The tech giant also plans to source chips from Europe in the future.