Recently, Samsung has joined hands with Qualcomm in order to manufacture Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. Samsung will incorporate the new 10nm process to make chipset more efficient and faster than previous versions.
Samsung is fighting against TSMC for the new 10nm technology but however, this Samsung-Qualcomm partnership has not affected TSMC as its own 10nm technology is gradually perfected. Further, TSMC is now working on its 7nm technology.
Though Samsung will ship its 10nm technology quicker than TSMC but they are not at all worried because its 10nm technology will power Apple’s A11 chipset that will be used in iPhone 8. TSMC’s 10nm technology is expected to be shipped in the first quarter of 2017.
On the other hand, as far as TSMC’s 7nm technology is concerned, it is currently running beta tests. As per rumors, TSMC 7nm technology trial production will start from the second half of 2017 and the company will finally start its shipping in 2018; Apple A12 chips for 2018 iPhone models.
Some rumors believe that TSMC might hurry up its 7nm technology developmental process in order to incorporate it in A11 chips of iPhone 8, but hastening up is not really Apple’s style.