Globally, Samsung will be shipping Galaxy S23 with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. The company is working on the development of a Galaxy-exclusive AP, and Exynos 2300 has reportedly shifted to Galaxy FE devices.
Meanwhile, there’s concern that Galaxy S23’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 might not perform. It was first reported in November that Snapdragon APs that will be used in Galaxy S23 devices are being manufactured by Samsung.
As we’ve seen in the benchmark reports, the Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra use Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, but, an overclocked variant. The standard has a frequency of 3.2GHz, while Samsung’s 8 Gen 2 is clocked at 3.36Ghz.
Earlier, Qualcomm’s CFO revealed that the company has signed a multi-year partnership with Samsung. However, it looks like the partnership is not limited to just bringing upcoming Galaxies with Snapdragon variants worldwide.
Both of the technology giants may have dealt with 100% usage of Snapdragon chips in favor of production orders at Samsung Foundry. Production line and method are the crucial things that finalize the performance and efficiency.
Snapdragon at Samsung Foundry
The Korean tech giant’s chip foundry has produced the Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processors. However, Qualcomm replaced Samsung with TSMC due to heating and performance throttling reports in devices.
The Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, which is being manufactured by TSMC outperformed the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 along with resolving issues like heating and performance throttling.
It’s also true that Samsung’s own made Exynos never became a tough competitor to Qualcomm chipsets. And eventually, Exynos flagship chips have been removed from Samsung’s flagship smartphone lineup.
The GPU performance throttling issue even forced Samsung to officially apologize at the shareholders’ meeting. Not that all, that controversy made radical attacks on the worldwide sales of the Galaxy S23 series devices.
Samsung is reportedly unveiling Galaxy S23 series on February 1, while release is likely to happen a week later. All devices will be equipped with overclocked Qualcomm chips, but it may not be as performer as standard version.
TSMC to produce 3nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 4: No talks w/ Samsung
Qualcomm may stick with TSMC for the 3nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 processor’s production next year. Earlier, the company was rumored to shift to a multi-foundry strategy, but it won’t happen next year. Samsung also has some 3nm clients, but no flagship product has been ordered.
According to China Times, Qualcomm and MediaTek plan to use the second-gen TSMC 3nm process to fabricate Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 and Dimensity 9400. The new N3E tech offers performance and efficiency improvements over the N3B, which is used in Apple’s A17 Pro.
Reports suggest that the Taiwanese chip manufacturer is producing 60,000 to 70,000 wafers per month using its 3nm process. This number is expected to rise to 100,000 wafers by the end of next year. As of now, 5% of its revenue comes from its 3nm process, which will rise to 10% next year.
Samsung to produce 5nm AI chips for Rebellions
South Korea-based AI fabless startup, Rebellions, is gearing up for mass production of data center-specific artificial intelligence (AI) chips using Samsung Foundry’s EUV (extreme ultraviolet ) process at the 5nm level.
BusinessKorea reports that Rebellions completed a mass production contract last week with SEMIFIVE for the Samsung 5-nm AI semiconductor ATOM, with mass production set to commence early next year.
ATOM is known for its industry-leading graphics processing unit (GPU) performance and up to 3.4 times greater energy efficiency compared to equivalent neural network processors (NPU).
Particularly notable is ATOM’s performance in the Global Benchmark, where it outperformed competitors like Nvidia and Qualcomm by 1.4 to 3 times, sparking significant interest.
Earlier this year, Rebellions produced prototypes of ATOM through Samsung Foundry’s “Multi-Project Wafer Service,” which prints various types of semiconductors on a single wafer.
Rebellions is also strengthening its collaboration with Samsung, co-developing the next-gen semiconductor Rebel, specialized for Large Language Models (LLM), which is being developed using Samsung Foundry’s 4-nm process.
MediaTek Vs Qualcomm: Dimensity 9300 giving tough competition to Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
Announced earlier this month, MediaTek’s Dimensity 9300 is giving tough competition to Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 flagship processor. Vivo recently launched X100 boasting Dimensity 9300, while most of the upcoming Android flagships use Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.
It’s worth mentioning that the running score of Dimensity 9300 is slightly better than Qualcomm’s 8 Gen 3 SoC. The new MediaTek chipset is rivaling well against Qualcomm’s matured Snapdragon chipset portfolio due to its full-core CPU.
Tipster DCS notes that the Dimensity 9300 performs well in medium and high-load energy consumption. At the same time, it’s slightly better than Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 in high-load mobile games in the same scenario.
Genshin Impact 720p full high image quality is 59.6fps, consuming 4.7W. On the other side, the 8 Gen 3 does better in low-load games, while Dimensity 9300 isn’t far behind.
Fabricated on TSMC’s 3rd-gen 4nm+ process, the all-big core CPU design is the highlighting feature of the Dimensity 9300 processor. It features a prime Cotex-X4 core clocked at 3.25GHz alongside 3x Cortex-X4 cores @ 2.85GHz and 4x Cortex-A720 cores @ 2.0GHz.
// DCS / Weibo