04 September 2018
Qualcomm recently confirmed that its next major mobile platform will be built upon the 7nm process. The name of the chipset is unknown but it’s highly suspected to be the Snapdragon 855. Now, according to a report by Taiwan’s Central News Agency, TSMC has been chosen for the corresponding production.
The report further conveys that the production of the Snapdragon 855 chipset is scheduled for Q4 2018 which means the whole process will start from October. This way the company will get more time for its release that may happen in the first quarter of 2019. The chipset will then be helpful in a number of mobile applications related to AI and IoT.
Multiple brands will then start making their 2019 flagships based on this new chipset. One of the early names of these flagships is Galaxy S10 that is expected to feature the Snapdragon 855 processor.
Snapdragon 855 chip orders are expected to account for 8% of TSMC’s total revenues in 2019. This may boost the company’s overall orders placed with the foundry to 15%. However, TSMC isn’t going to serve only Qualcomm next year as it will also be a supplier to Apple. The company has reportedly also secured orders for Apple’s new A12 chips that will power 2018 iPhones, however, it may not be included in the cheaper LCD model.