Qualcomm naturally is also jumping on the 3nm wagon to keep up with modern standards since Apple get first dibs into their A17 Bionic
The manufacturing of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is anticipated to be outsourced by Qualcomm to long-standing partners TSMC and Samsung. However, according to the most recent information, due to the extraordinarily high yield rate of 80%, the Taiwanese manufacturer may end up receiving the majority of chip orders for the 3 nm process.
TSMC is able to implement between 75 and 80% of a single 3nm GAA wafer, compared to the industry average of 60 to 70%. If we can believe this information, Apple and Qualcomm’s A17 Bionic and Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 next-generation chipsets won’t experience any shipping problems. Prior to collaborating with the US company Silicon Frontline Technology, Samsung initially had a terrible yield rate of around 20%.
The problem for Qualcomm and other chip makers is that price is paid per wafer, and yielding fewer chips results in a higher price for a chipset for the end user, the smartphone manufacturer, which would result in a higher market price. This price increase would ultimately be detrimental to everyone.