The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be produced by TSMC! Goodbye temperature problems - Gadget Loh

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be produced by TSMC! Goodbye temperature problems

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By now, the problem of high temperatures and poor thermal control from which the flagship chipset suffers Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. To a lesser extent, these same problems were present in the previous generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. Both hardware platforms have something in common: They are produced in Samsung factories.

Ever since the Snapdragon 888, Samsung Foundry has been making Qualcomm’s new flagship chipsets. As a result of this collaboration, we have the aforementioned Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and 888. But, it seems that the many problems caused by the poor performance of Samsung’s manufacturing process have caused Qualcomm to nip the collaboration in the bud.

Qualcomm cuts collaboration with Samsung due to heat and performance problems in chipsets

In line with the above, a few weeks ago the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. While the ‘Plus’ versions of Qualcomm’s flagship chips tend to have very slight upgrades, the difference between the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and the original model is stark. This is mainly due to two factors: energy efficiency and thermal control.


While on paper the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 offers a small percentage improvement in CPU performance, in reality the biggest change is that no longer overheats and consumes less battery. This allows the hardware to achieve sustained performance for longer, while consuming less battery power.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 will be produced by TSMC

Now, a new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Qualcomm is awarding a contract to TSMC to exclusively manufacture the next-gen Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, as well as Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 chips.

This is a huge blow to Samsung Foundry, which had Qualcomm as its biggest customer for advanced chips. With Qualcomm’s move to TSMC, the Taiwan-based company will significantly increase its market leadership.


More specific details about the future flagship processor are still unknown. However, the company is likely to stick to TSMC’s 4nm manufacturing process, this being the same as that used in the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.

The Xiaomi 12S gain an additional 2 hours of screen autonomy thanks to the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

Recently, performance and autonomy tests on the Xiaomi 12S series revealed Samsung’s faulty manufacturing process. In the autonomy tests, both the Xiaomi 12S Pro and the 12S Ultra they got an incredible 2 additional hours of screen time lit compared to the original models (using the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1).

Going back to Samsung, recently the company started the production of 3nm chips. It uses the Gate-All-Around (GAA) transistor architecture for low-power chips and improved performance. It is also developing a second generation 3nm process node that would offer significant improvements in several areas. But, it will be necessary to see if the current failed results are not repeated.

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