Reports are emerging from Asia regarding to the low throughput of Samsung Foundry’s 3nm manufacturing process, which is even worse compared to 4 nm. More specifically, it is stated that for each 3nm wafer, only 10-20% of all printed chips are functional. That is, for example, out of 100 chips produced, only 10-20 chips are functional and suitable for use in a device.
For reference, when it comes to 4nm, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen1 SoC, the performance rate is known to move more than 35%a huge difference from at 70% displacing 4 nm from TSMC.
This is just one of the reasons why Qualcomm will launch a Snapdragon 8 Gen1 Plus manufactured by TSMC, since not only will it have access to a greater number of chips, but these will be more efficient and powerful thanks to the fact that the manufacturing process is much more mature.
It’s unclear if TSMC will also encounter the same issues as Samsung in switching to GAA transistor technology with the 2nm jump, but if the past and present are any indication, the Taiwanese manufacturer has consistently produced better quality chips. than its foundry rival.
No wonder giants like Apple continue to place massive orders with TSMC every year, not to mention MediaTek, which thanks to TSMC’s 4nm its Dimensity 9000 SoC is the fastest and most efficient that exists in an Android smartphone, demonstrating how using a state-of-the-art manufacturing process brings many performance and power-efficiency benefits.