The production of advanced 7nm processors requires large investments that are available only Apple and Samsung. Other manufacturers will be forced to work with outdated chipsets, DigiTimes reports.
7-nanometer processors are more powerful and energy efficient. They can support the work of the OLED displays of the new generation range from 5.8 to 6.5 inches. These chipsets will be applied in the next generation of smartphones and will help to implement the most advanced technology.
However, to mass-produce 7nm chips, you want to invest 120 to $ 150 million. To afford an investment of this amount can only Apple and Samsung. For other smartphone manufacturers such spending will not be justified.
At the end of 2017, leading chip manufacturers — Qualcomm and MediaTek is focused on the production of larger chipsets. Qualcomm recently unveiled the Snapdragon 10Nm 845, and MediaTek is developing 12нм and 16нм nodes for TSMC.
Apple seek to use in their devices are the most efficient chipsets. For example, the iPhone X and iPhone 8 running 10-nanometer processor A11 Bionic. According to some rumors, the next generation of Apple smartphones can get a 7-nanometer chipset A12, whereby the device will bypass all the competitors on the technical characteristics.
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