Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 will be produced by TSMC, not Samsung

TSMC also manufactures Apple's A chipsets such as the latest A13 Bionic shipped with iPhone 11 series.

Qualcomm has earlier announced its latest SD865 chipset. The American chipmaker reportedly made a last-minute decision to go with TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) to produce its next-gen SD865 chipset instead of Samsung.


Qualcomm decided to refrain from using the foundry of Samsung Electronics, according to the Business Korea report, because it was concerned with sharing its chip-related intellectual properties with the South Korean tech giant. This's easily noted that TSMC is just an OEM being able to depend on rather than Samsung which is one of the chipmaker rivals.


As explained, commercial manufacturing of ICs and processors involves collaboration and sharing of sensitive intellectual property among fabless and foundry companies, including detailed chip designs and more. That being the case, because of the increasing clout of the latter in the semiconductor industry, the US chip major is said to have been worried about handing over the Snapdragon 865 data to Samsung. With its in-house Exynos SoCs, Samsung has already become the world's third-largest mobile chipmaker.

Nevertheless, the report claims that Qualcomm is still planning to give Samsung the task of manufacturing the Snapdragon 765 and 765G 5G chipsets. Because these are mid-range chipsets, Qualcomm claims that handing over their designs to Samsung engineers will be less risky because they lack much of the premium technology contained in the Snapdragon 865.

Samsung, for its part, recently stopped working on developing custom CPU cores for its Exynos mobile processors, instead opting to concentrate on GPUs (graphics processing units) and NPUs (neural processing units). It means that the Mongoose M5 Cores will be the last custom CPU cores of the business in the recently announced Exynos 990 5G integrated chipset before it moves to ARM reference designs.