Qualcomm is expected to source Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 manufacturing from TSMC and Samsung – partnerships with decades of history. Due to the extremely high yield rate of 80%, the Taiwanese manufacturer may be the one to receive the most orders.
The current yield rate of a 3nm GAA wafer is approximately 60-70%. However, TSMC can implement between 75-80% of a single wafer. These data are reliable enough to ensure that Apple and Qualcomm do not have shipment problems with their next-generation chipsets. Samsung was experiencing a horrible yield rate of around 20% when it first partnered with Silicon Frontline Technology.
Qualcomm and the other chip manufacturers face a problem. Because the wafer price is set, producing a lower number of chips will result in higher prices for end customers – the smartphone makers. This would translate into a higher overall market price. It would also mean that there would be no benefit to anyone.