Samsung and TSMC 10nm Process Yields Turn Out to be Lower-than-Expected
According to a recent report, both Samsung’s and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC) 10nm process have produced below-average yields.
As reported by DigiTimes; TSMC acquired 10nm chip orders from Apple, MediaTek, etc. but couldn’t meet the yield rates:
TSMC has reportedly obtained 10nm chip orders from Apple, HiSilicon and MediaTek, with volume production set to kick off in the first quarter of 2017. Nevertheless, yield rates for TSMC’s 10nm process technology are not what the foundry expected.
Samsung and TSMC Lower-then-Expected 10nm Process Yield Results
Apart from this, TSMC is also reported to manufacture Apple’s A10X chips for the upcoming iPad iterations, scheduled to launch sometime in March 2017. Needless to say, but the lower-than-expected yield can lead to disturbing the schedule by a little.
Lower-than-expected yield by Samsung, on the other hand, has caused Qualcomm to revise its product roadmap for 2017. The sources report that Qualcomm had plans to roll out Snapdragon 835, 660, and a few others built on Samsung’s 10nm process, but will now only stick to Snapdragon 835.
Qualcomm will still have several 14nm chips including the Snapdragon 660-series slated for launch in 2017.
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