The CEO said that since the complexity of the network grows with each additional node, increasing yield rates takes time, but he provided no further explanations.
Although Qualcomm hasn’t confirmed anything, the 5 nm node, which is utilised in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, has a yield rate of just 35%, according to reports. As a result, the company’s flagship chipset from Qualcomm is both costly and complex to manufacture. The Exynos 2100 is manufactured in the same factory as Samsung’s own product.
TSMC is said to be ahead of Samsung in terms of sub-5 nm yield rates. Qualcomm may transition to 3 nm chips as a result of this. A large chunk of TSMC’s 3 nm capacity has undoubtedly already been earmarked for Apple A and M chipsets, and it’s not the only one (e.g. AMD is working on 3 nm Zen CPUs).
As early as this year, reputable leaksters claim that Qualcomm will move some manufacture of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 to TSMC (and that the new chips would be sold as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+).