TSMC may have started mass production of the Snapdragon 875
It appears that TSMC has already started mass production of the Snapdragon 875, Qualcomm’s next top-of-the-line chipset that will be shipped in the 2021 flagships.
According to information from the Taiwanese press, TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) has already started mass production of the Snapdragon 875, Qualcomm’s next high-end chipset that should bring the X60 modem, made official in February this year.
According to local media, the TSMC plant located in Nanke increased the production capacity of 5nm chips to 60,000 per month. This represents an increase of more than 10% compared to the month of May.
For production to take place on a large scale, Qualcomm is estimated to invest between 6,000 to 10,000 wafers per month, which are base plates for processor chips. The complete stock is due to be delivered to the American company in September, but the announcement of the new processor will happen only at the end of the year.
Thus, when we look at the general scenario, we can conclude that TSMC was responsible for the manufacture of the main mobile platforms in the market, given that it is also producing the A14 Bionic, Apple’s next high-end chipset that will be used in the iPhone 12 line.
What to expect from the Snapdragon 875
There is not much information about this processor yet, but it is believed that it will have eight cores divided into three groups. The first delivers only a Cortex-X1 core and the highest base frequency (still unknown). According to ARM, the performance will be 30% higher than the Cortex A77 in normal processing and twice as high in artificial intelligence.
The second group consists of three Cortex-A78 cores that improve the system’s overall performance by 7% compared to the Cortex A77. Finally, the latter group offers four more modest Cortex-A55 cores, which will be used in simpler tasks to save energy.
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