TSMC and Samsung are expected to manufacture the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 – partnerships that have existed for years. Due to the incredibly high yield rate of 80%, the Taiwanese manufacturer might get most of the 3 nm chip orders.
TSMC is implementing 75-80% of a single wafer from a 3nm GAA wafer, which is more than the current yield rate of 60-70%. It appears Apple and Qualcomm won’t have shipment issues with their next-generation chipsets, the A17 Bionic and Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Prior to partnering with US company Silicon Frontline Technology, Samsung had a horrible yield rate of about 20%.
Taking advantage of the price per wafer problem for Qualcomm and other chip makers means that if they yield fewer chips, the end customer – the smartphone manufacturer – will pay a higher price for the chipset, resulting in a higher market price – a price increase that would ultimately benefit no one.