Apple Likely to Be Only Major Device Maker With 3nm Chips in 2023 As Qualcomm Reportedly ‘Caught In a Dilemma’


imageApple could be one of the only major device makers in 2023 to adopt the newer and more advanced 3nm process technology, as Qualcomm and MediaTek are unclear on whether the newer process is worth it.

According to a report by DigiTimes , Qualcomm and MediaTek, two of the largest chip makers, remain unsure on whether they want to follow in Apple’s footsteps and start producing 3nm chips in 2023.The chip makers are reportedly undecided given the “unclear sales prospects for Android handsets.”

Qualcomm and MediaTek, however, have not yet made a clear decision on whether to join the 3nm camp this year, despite both hoping to keep up with Apple’s process upgrade for their flagship mobile SoCs, the sources continued.

The sources stressed that uncertain market outlook for non-Apple handsets and 3nm manufacturing cost already exceeding US$20,000 per wafer are likely to deter both handset AP specialists from launching 3nm SoCs later in the year.Click to expand…Both Qualcomm and MediaTek are “caught in a dilemma over whether to follow Apple’s process upgrade in 2023,” the report notes.

Qualcomm provides chips for many high-end Android flagships, including Samsung phones.The report notes that Qualcomm may have no choice but to adopt 3nm process technology if Samsung wants to “meet competition from Apple in the flagship handset market.”

Apple is widely expected to adopt TSMC’s 3nm technology this year, including for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra’s A17 Bionic chip.TSMC’s mass production of 3nm chips has already started ahead the launch of the first Apple devices that will use the technology later this year.

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