Yesterday, a whistleblower released the news of Qualcomm’s next-generation flagship chip (codename SM8450). Compared with the Snapdragon 888, there are some upgrades in process and architecture. The industry speculates that this chip will be manufactured by TSMC, but there is still no accurate information.
Chen Jin, general manager of Lenovo’s mobile phone business in China, said yesterday on Weibo that several new flagship models of Lenovo and Moto equipped with SM8450 will arrive this winter. In addition, he also hinted that Qualcomm may have found a solution to the chip shortage.
It is worth mentioning that, according to TSMC’s plan, if the chip chooses to use TSMC’s 4nm process, mass production will not be possible at the end of this year, but it does not rule out the possibility that the chip will be manufactured by Samsung.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 was manufactured by TSMC, and the subsequent Snapdragon 800 series chips were all manufactured by Samsung, including Snapdragon 820, Snapdragon 835, and Snapdragon 845. However, Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 865 series turned to TSMC. In addition, Samsung also manufactures the Snapdragon 765 and so on.
According to previous news from @Digital Chat Station, Qualcomm has already obtained 6nm and 5nm production capacity after switching to TSMC. It is expected that new mobile phone models equipped with Qualcomm’s new SoC will be unveiled in the second half of this year.
Earlier this year, the Taiwan Electronics Times stated that the Snapdragon 895 (unnamed) will use the Samsung 5nm upgrade process, but it is expected to switch to the TSMC process in 2022, and the TSMC 4nm process will be packaged by Apple for the first batch of all production capacity.