640 foundry tsmc TSMC remains confident in their 28nm manufacturing

Reports earlier last week revealed that United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) had won a contract with Qualcomm to produce the Snapdragon S4 chips, and that contract came at the expense of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC).

Reports earlier last week revealed that United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) had won a contract with Qualcomm to produce the Snapdragon S4 chips, and that contract came at the expense of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). 

TSMC is touted as the world’s largest contract chip-maker, but it's losing its contracts to the likes of UMC and Samsung.  Korea Times has reported Samsung will be producing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chips using the Korean tech-giant’s 28nm manufacturing process. 

According to various reports, Qualcomm’s decision to switch partners may not be due to TSMC’s production quality, but rather due to quantity.  Despite Qualcomm’s lack of confidence in TSMC’s ability to keep up with demands, TSMC still believes that their 28nm manufacturing process is among the leaders. 

“We do not comment on business with clients.  We're confident in our leadership status in 28-nm and will fulfill customers' demands in the fourth quarter,” said a company spokesperson.