Samsung Set To Benefit From Qualcomm Snapdragon Shortages

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Samsung executives could well be rubbing their hands with glee after it was revealed Qualcomm, the company that builds Snapdragon processors, is struggling to meet demand.Samsung who manufacture a lot of their own processors could be the big winner as brands like HTC, Nokia, Microsoft, Google, Sony and Motorola struggle to get supply.

The Samsung Galaxy Note for example uses the Exynos chipset that has been developed by Samsung. This very fast set up includes an ARM Cortex A9 processor which is clocked at 1.4Ghz. The processor chip incorporates dual cores which help the phone to really impress when it come to multi tasking.

The advantages for Samsung come as several vendors get set to launch new dual and quad core processors.

Qualcomm claim they underestimated demand and now its third-party factories can’t create enough to last until the end of 2012.

The Smartdragon S4 chip in question provides the power for many Android and Windows Phone manufacturers, so supplies might be hit as the year draws towards a close.

Qualcomm says it is nudging clients towards the more plentiful Fusion 2 chipset supplies, but admits some smartphone manufacturers will look to rival chip-makers.

“In any constrained environment, people look for any alternative they can in order to solve the problem,” Qualcomm chief operating officer, Steve Mollenkopf says.

“We’ve been helping customers to see how they can swap in our Fusion 2 chipset, which is the chipset that we have been ramping over the last 8 months in production.

“And we do expect to see some alternative non-Qualcomm chipsets being used to solve that issue as well.”

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