Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip is about to make a big debut in the United States: it’s included in the HTC One S on T-Mobile, the HTC One X on AT&T and we have no doubt that it’s going to be included in several other high-end handsets in the coming months. Unfortunately, the chip maker apparently can’t keep up for the hot demand for its Krait processor. Go figure, too, since it supports Verizon and AT&T’s 4G LTE networks as well as T-Mobile’s 42Mbps HSPA network.
Qualcomm said that it’s considering “looking at alternative chipsets, in particular our Fusion 2 lineup, which can be substituted in some cases,” in order to meet demand. The company also said “it [does] expect to see some alternative non-Qualcomm chipsets being used.” Will this be a chance for NVIDIA to launch its quad-core Tegra 3 chipset with 4G LTE in the United States sooner than expected? NVIDIA does support 4G LTE through partnerships with GCT Semiconductor and Renesas Mobile, after all.
We’ll see if the situation gets dire enough that carriers turn away ditch Snapdragon S4 entirely, and we don’t think it will come down to that. The company typically provides radio technology for smartphones so it should have a good idea of the demand. However, as The Verge points out, it’s likely that Qualcomm will sacrifice Snapdragon S4 in its mid-range handsets in order to ensure supply for higher-end devices. That means speculation around whether or not Qualcomm will be able to meet demand for Apple’s next iPhone could be largely unwarranted.
[via The Verge]