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TSMC will snatch Qualcomm orders from Samsung in 2018

Battle for chip dominance expected to enter critical stage in 2019

TSMC Chairman and chief executive Morris Chang speaks at the Taiwanese chipmaker's earnings conference.   © Reuters

TAIPEI/SEOULTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. will snatch some Qualcomm modem chip and core processor orders away from its biggest rival Samsung Electronics in 2018, according to industry sources.

The race is intensifying among semiconductor businesses to enhance the computing power of chips, enabling them to handle complex tasks such as those related to artificial intelligence and autonomous driving. TSMC's predicted win of Qualcomm orders shows that in the coming months the Taiwanese company is set to gain an edge over Samsung in this race.

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