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Qualcomm Breaks Up with Samsung

13 June, 2017 Samsung

The relationship which Qualcomm had forged with Samsung to develop the latest edition of Snapdragon 835 chips is now reportedly over. Qualcomm has apparently left Samsung for its rival in the semiconductor industry; TSMC or Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. I am sorry if it sounds like a bad teenage romantic movie, but that's exactly how things stand now, provided that the report by Fudzilla is correct of course.

As it turns out, this had been going on from 2016 because the report states that Qualcomm had been working on developing its next gen 7nm chips with TSMC from the middle of last year! It would be a big blow to Samsung's semiconductor business if this report is authentic. TSMC is actually ahead of Samsung at the moment because of the fact that the Korean giant decided to concentrate on 10nm and 8nm processes, while TSMC skipped them both and went straight to 7nm. We will have to wait and see how this pans out next year when the next gen Exynos 9 series of chips are released alongside the Qualcomm SD 845/855 SoCs.

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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