Dec 1 - Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday announceda new flagship smartphone chip that will feature enhanced gamingand photo abilities and will be manufactured by SamsungElectronics Co Ltd's chipmaking division. Called the Snapdragon 888, the 5G chip represents the top ofQualcomm's lineup for mobile phone processors. Smartphonescontaining the chip are due to be launched in the first quarterof next year. High-end Android phones from Xiaomi Corp and LGElectronics Inc are expected to sport the chip. It is the first time Samsung, which competes fiercely withTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), has madeQualcomm's flagship chip on its new 5-nanometer process forsmartphones. The South Korean firm won a contract for 5G chipsfrom Qualcomm earlier this year. Apple Inc's iPhones also use a chip made with5-nanometer technology but analysts believe the iPhone chips aremade by TSMC. This year's chip focused on improving common tasks, saidAlex Katouzian, Qualcomm's senior vice president of mobile,compute and infrastructure. The new chip can process 120 high-resolution photos persecond, while a new artificial intelligence processor on thechip will let software select the best five shots and combinethem into one final image. Katouzian said the Snapdragon 888 orders will not be splitbetween Samsung and TSMC, adding that Samsung had been the bestfit for this chip in terms of design needs and timelines. REUTERS
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