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Samsung Could be Ditching Qualcomm

22 June, 2017 Samsung


During what was a very short-lived relationship between the two companies, Samsung had been the sole supplier of the Qualcomm 835 chips which were being made on Samsung's 10nm FinFET process. While the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC may be the product of the partnership in-between Samsung and Qualcomm, all that is over now. Qualcomm has decided to ditch Samsung and move forward with TSMC and their 7nm process for 2018. However, a latest report from Weibo is stating that Samsung too might ditch the semiconductor manufacturer's Snapdragon series of chips in 2018.


Due to incompatibility with the CDMA networks in the US and in certain other parts of the world, Samsung usually reserves its Exynos chips for the international version, while the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon chips are usually what the US variants get every year. The report from Weibo suggests that Samsung will remove that dependency with their Exynos 9810 SoC, which will come with CDMA network support. Reportedly, this is also the chip which will be powering the Galaxy S9 next year. It looks like the Samsung-Qualcomm partnership is truly about to come to an end for the most part.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

 


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