Demand will outpace supply until 2013 for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip


Supply of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processor will have trouble meeting its demand for the foreseeable future, according to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, whose 28nm foundry has been contracted to produce the chips. The Snapdragon S4 has become the go-to option for nearly all recent high-end LTE devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X and One S, and the ASUS Padfone, which already experienced a short delay due to limited availability of the CPU hardware.

TSMC sees supply and demand steadying out by 2013, while Qualcomm hopes meet be able to fully meet the needs of OEMs slightly sooner in late 2012. The introduction of next-gen quad-core processors with LTE support should help to divert some of the demand for the Snapdragon S4, which remains the only current realistic option for manufacturers looking for a processor with power to match its quad-core counterparts while featuring LTE support.

[via The Verge]

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  1. So do other countries just not have LTE?

    Every phone released in the US seems to use the S4, while the international model uses a different quad core chip

    1. If you’re thinking Europe, then no, we don’t. Well, not really… Seems like we’re happy enough with our 3G’s : )

      1. There is some countries in Europe with LTE coverage. Sweden, Norway, Poland, Austria for example.

        1. croatia as well, ah who cares

          1. probably not until fall…

          2. 4g usb sticks are working though, smartphones still not

          3. would 4g phones from the us work here??? god im so high

    2. From my personal experience, Taiwan only has up to HSPA+ and LTE isn’t something people are demanding. I think the fact that it is a small country and free wifi is almost everywhere. Even Taipei city is completely covered with free public free wifi. With all that, LTE just isn’t something people care for. If I remember correctly, they have 3.5G about 10 years ago (HSPA).

  2. Somewhere in a dark corner at Intel, an engineer is laughing.

    Seriously though, this really sucks. Any word on ramping up production or opening a new facility to keep up with demand?

    1. Why would they be laughing? Poor poor Qualcomm… Everyone wants their S4 chipset so much it’s difficult keeping up with demand.
      Intel is crying.They wish everyone wanted their mobile chipset.

      1. That’s one view. The one I saw was an opportunity to fill that void with Intel chips. Doubt Intel will have supply problems like this.

        lol, downvotes for thinking outside the box

        1. unfortunately Intel doesn’t make mobile dual core chips as of right now and is pretty content on keeping it to single core for now. :-(

          1. Don’t really get that, it’s a stance that could cost them. Only mobile OS that comes to mind not on dual core is WP8. A good question is how fast can Intel get a high end dual core mobile chipset ready?

  3. I’d like to have a Tegra 3 phone, and HSPA+ 21 would be more than fine for me.

    If there is a shortage in S4, there is going to be a loss in phone revenue if alternatives are not offered.

    1. I’m agree with you. I think HSPA+ is more than enough speed for me. (beside the fact where I live doesn’t have AT&T’s LTE yet) But S4 does hold its ground when goes head to head against Tegra 3.

      1. I would just like to have compatibility with Tegra Zone. The S4 is a capable chip in its own right.

  4. When you steal a story from TheVerge, *PLEASE* add info such as “this is a single, dual, quad-core CPU”.

    1. o_O?
      I thought everyone already knew the S4 is a dual core?

  5. Well, at least we know that the Snapdragon S4 chip is pretty popular and there will be a boat load of devices powered by it by the end of the year and starting next year. That’s good for apps and games, more of them will be optimized for dual core and a good GPU with HD content.

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