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Samsung’s 4nm Yield Reaches 75%, Closing the Gap with TSMC

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AMD’s forthcoming “Prometheus” chip design, which will include the Zen 5C core, is the subject of rumors. A change in the competitive environment from process nodes, yield, and cost to aspects like capacity, ecosystem, and geopolitics, which are all dependent on customer concerns, is expected with this chip, reveals TechNews (via Trend Force). It is expected to exploit both TSMC’s and Samsung’s 3nm and 4nm processes. Analyzing yields, Samsung has improvised from 50% to a whopping 75%, as per TSMC.

This is in line with their requirements and increases the possibility that chip buyers will come back. TSMC claims an anticipated 80% yield for its 4nm process. Many believe that big companies like Qualcomm and Nvidia may reevaluate their suppliers because Samsung reportedly has about half of TSMC’s 4nm capacity, according to industry insiders. Additionally, Samsung declared that it has received its first order for the new Texas plant: Groq, a US-based provider of AI solutions, has given the business the task of producing next-generation AI chips using 4nm technology.

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Production is scheduled to begin in 2025. With respect to TSMC’s 4nm customers, as well as enduring partners such as Apple, Nvidia, Qualcomm, MediaTek, AMD, and Intel, signs point to a possible shift to TSMC’s 4nm process for Tensor G4, with Tensor G5 being manufactured on TSMC’s 3nm technology. With the existing partnership with Samsung coming to an end, it looks like TSMC’s chip manufacturing debut will take place in 2025.

A reliable tipster, Revegnus (@Tech_Reve), revealed details from high-level talks within Apple, showing that TSMC’s 3nm technology could achieve a 63% yield but at twice the cost of the 4nm process. Samsung has exhibited a quicker-than-anticipated yield recovery in the 4nm space, with its yield mirroring that of TSMC.

Given TSMC’s decision to raise pricing and Samsung’s notable gains in yield and capacity, large clients may want to investigate secondary providers in order to diversify their outsourcing orders, taking into account factors like cost and geopolitics. It has been reported that Samsung is nearing an agreement with AMD for a 4nm partnership, with the intention of taking over some of TSMC’s orders for 4nm processors.


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Samsung Galaxy S25’s advanced AI novelties could boost its price

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Samsung started working on the Galaxy S25 series, which is supposed to be launched early next year. This forthcoming device is expected to be priced higher as compared to its predecessor. 

Samsung will expand its high-end S series by introducing a next-gen smartphone series named the Galaxy S25. It’s too early to discuss the Galaxy S25, but leaks and rumors are doing their jobs by offering more details about the upcoming Galaxy S25. This upcoming device is expected to cost more than the current S-series devices. 

The reason behind this report appears to be that a Galaxy S25 will be more expensive than a Galaxy S24 due to its higher manufacturing costs. The US chip designer Qualcomm could push the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 into production in the second half of the year. This latest chipset is expected to boost AI processing. 

Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will be a truly advanced chip, but its high-end tech advancements might lead to higher costs, which could translate into a price hike for the upcoming Galaxy S25. The report suggested that, according to a recent prediction from industry watcher Ming-Chi Kuo, Qualcomm might increase the cost of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 by 25–30% compared to the Gen 3 solution. 

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will be manufactured on the 3nm N3E process by TSMC; it’s the same technique used to build Apple’s A18 Pro chip. This shift will supposedly cause the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 to be 25–30% more expensive than its predecessor. Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 costs around $190–$200; by this metric, the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 might cost $260. 

However, Samsung could deal with the higher expenses of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 for the Galaxy S25 by absorbing the cost or reducing the quality in other areas, such as the battery or display, but this could be risky, such as switching to its in-house Exynos 2500 chip. The upcoming chipset will be fabricated from TSMC’s most advanced process and should bring performance gains to the CPU, GPU, and NPU (AI processing).

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Samsung Galaxy S21 series is receiving June 2024 security update in Europe 

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We are in the middle of the month, and Samsung is rolling out this month’s June 2024 security patch for Galaxy S21 smartphones in the European market. 

Samsung Galaxy S21 series, which includes three models – Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra, is receiving a new June 2024 security patch in Europe. The brand has already rolled out this update for the Galaxy S21 smartphone in the US on the Verizon network. The update for the European market has arrived with its specific firmware version, as mentioned here – 

  • Galaxy S21 – G991BXXSBGXED
  • Galaxy S21+ – G996BXXSBGXED
  • Galaxy S21 Ultra – G998BXXSBGXED

Samsung’s June 2024 security update fixed all the bugs and known issues that were housed in the previous version and were creating some inconvenience while performing a few functions. Since all the bugs were fixed with the update, it will surely enhance the overall system software. 

The June 2024 security patch fixes 59 security vulnerabilities to upgrade the security and privacy of the device. It also boosts the overall system performance, security, reliability, and stability of the device to deliver a seamless and flawless performance. 

The Galaxy S21 users currently receding in Europe are eligible to download the update. Interested users can easily download the update by just following simple steps – Go to Settings >> Software Update >> Download and install.   

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Samsung released June 2024 security patch for Galaxy Fold 5, Flip 5, Fold 4, Flip 4, Fold 3 & Flip 3 

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The Korean brand Samsung is releasing a June 2024 security patch for several Galaxy foldable devices. 

A bunch of Galaxy foldable devices include Galaxy Z Fold 5, Galaxy Z Flip 5, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Z Flip 3. All of these devices are receiving the update in the US on the Verizon network. Each of the devices getting this new update with their identification firmware version as mentioned below –

  • Galaxy Z Fold 5 – F946USQS3CXE9
  • Galaxy Z Flip 5 – F731USQS3CXE9
  • Galaxy Z Fold 4 – F936USQS5FXF1
  • Galaxy Z Flip 4 – F721USQS5FXF1
  • Galaxy Z Fold 3 – F926USQS6IXF2
  • Galaxy Z Flip 3 – F711USQS7IXF2 

Samsung has already released the June 2024 security patch for several devices. However, this update does not bring any significant upgrades or notable changes; it fixes all the bugs and known issues. The update fixes all the security vulnerabilities, which will enhance the overall security and privacy of these devices. 

The update brings approximately 60 patches to fix multiple vulnerabilities. More particularly, Google has offered 37 patches to be applied to the Android OS. This June 2024 security patch boosts the stability, reliability, and overall system software of the devices mentioned above. 

If you own any of the devices mentioned above, you can easily download this latest security patch in three steps: Go to Settings >> Software Update >> Download and install.

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