According to Digitimes, Qualcomm and MediaTek think that the 3nm processing method is too expensive in the current climate and does not produce enough benefits to justify it.
The Tame Apple Press is overjoyed at the news because it means that only Apple will be running the 3nm process on any of its chips. But it seems that Qualcomm and MediaTek are making the sound business decision.
Smartphone sales have been declining and the cost of 3nm wafers is said to be $20,000. This can only mean that Qualcomm will be forced to sell its Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 shipments to smartphone partners at a higher price, risking potentially millions in sales as consumers cannot burden themselves with the high cost of living while also entertaining luxurious flagship purchases.
Samsung could also provide Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 shipments through its 3nm GAA process, as a separate stated that Qualcomm was looking to adopt a dual-sourcing strategy to get the best pricing. Samsung’s current yield rate for its cutting-edge manufacturing process, which is said to be sitting at an abysmal 20 per cent so it is probably not a good idea to move to the tech at the moment either.