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Report: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 in Short Supply

By - Source: Digitimes | B 9 comments

Since TSMC is still not able to push out as many 28 nm chips as its customers are asking for, Qualcomm and its Snapdragon S4 application processor may be next to be affected by the shortage.

Digitimes reports that smartphone vendors are now considering other suppliers to build their smartphones chips.

If the report is accurate, then there may be a unique opportunity for Nvidia and especially Intel to compete for those orders. Digitimes noted that ST-Ericsson will also be offering its own LTE SoC in 2013 and could win orders if the shortage persists.

Qualcomm declined to comment on the report.

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    JAYDEEJOHN , May 16, 2012 12:40 AM
    Both nVidia and Qualcom have been given higher priority for wafers
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    CKKwan , May 16, 2012 1:37 AM
    Opportunity for Intel? Why Intel would help to build a product which it is going to compete with?
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    sabot00 , May 16, 2012 2:14 AM
    CKKwanOpportunity for Intel? Why Intel would help to build a product which it is going to compete with?

    Opportunity for Intel to compete for orders.

    Really self-explanatory
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    cosminmcm , May 16, 2012 2:17 AM
    CKKwanOpportunity for Intel? Why Intel would help to build a product which it is going to compete with?


    An oportunity for intel to sell some mobile Atoms.
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    jwcalla , May 16, 2012 4:19 AM
    Doesn't bode well for the US release of the Galaxy S III.

    ...or Samsung has a huge order in and that's why they're in short supply.
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    jurassic512 , May 16, 2012 2:57 PM
    JAYDEEJOHNBoth nVidia and Qualcom have been given higher priority for wafers


    Except TSMC was already running at 95% when they said that, so an extra 5% isn't enough.
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    webbwbb , May 16, 2012 4:14 PM
    TSMC needs to slow down and invest more in current processes. They struggled with yields at 40nm and then decided to push 28nm shortly after they got yields worked out of the previous process. If they are struggling to even get a 40%-50% yield then they obviously have a lot to work on with the process and should work on improving it before trying to make it their primary product. If they are incapable of reaching the levels they want on their own, perhaps they should try to partner up with another company, such as Samsung, in order to produce an effective process technology.
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    eddieroolz , May 16, 2012 8:56 PM
    Much of the same story as with the 680, eh...
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    g00fysmiley , May 17, 2012 2:44 PM
    jwcallaDoesn't bode well for the US release of the Galaxy S III....or Samsung has a huge order in and that's why they're in short supply.


    there were rumors of an s4 inthe galaxy III but i thought it was confimed it was getting an in house samsung chip