Qualcomm joins hands with Samsung and UMC to meet the chipset demand

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chipset is getting popular day by day. This increase in popularity causes the San Diego-based SoC maker to get help from the eastern allies to speed up the manufacturing process.

China Economic News Service has reported that United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) and Samsung will join Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) to manufacture the 28nm chips starting by the Q4 this year, to increase S4 availability ahead of the Windows RT, mobile version of Windows 8, launch. The terms of the deal with Samsung have not been disclosed. Samsung itself is manufacturing Exynos chip for its Galaxy devices and supplies ARM Cortex chips to many mobile device manufacturers.

UMC would supply 3,000 to 5,000 wafers for 28nm CPU creation per month. That’s about 20 to 33% of TSMC production for Qualcomm.

According to Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm CEO, shortage of supply may remain as the 28nm chips are very complicated to manufacture and the company may set up a plant in the future.

Via: Slashgear Source: China Economic News Service


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