Add another report to the growing list suggesting that Samsung is picking up chip customers from rival foundry TSMC. Re/code's sources claim Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 820 SoC will be fabbed by Samsung. A chip like that would typically be produced by TSMC, the site says, but Qualcomm reportedly wants to move to Samsung's 14-nm tech. The story adds that Qualcomm hopes the change will help the Snapdragon 820 land in Samsung's next Galaxy S handset.
This isn't the first time we've heard about Qualcomm and Samsung hooking up for chip fabrication. A ZDNet report from October named the firm as an "expected" client for Samsung's 14-nm process. Qualcomm isn't the only one getting in on the action, either. The ZDNet story mentioned Apple and AMD as customers for the same process. A subsequent Nvidia SEC filing listed Samsung as a chip manufacturer for that company, as well.
Adding to the intrigue, TSMC is suing a former employee for allegedly leaking secrets to Samsung. The leak started with 28-nm tech, according to TSMC, and it may have aided Samsung's development of the 14-nm process everyone seems to be signing on to use.
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