— There was other news that took in Qualcomm and Samsung. The South Korean company operates foundries that have produced Qualcomm chips for decades. The two companies said Samsung will produce Qualcomm chips with extra-thin, 7 nanometer wide circuitry, produced using the cutting-edge extreme ultraviolet (or EUV) lithography process.

Samsung announced Feb. 23 that it was setting up an EUV production line in Hwaseong, South Korea, south of central Seoul.

Qualcomm said it anticipates its future Snapdragon 5G mobile chipsets will use the EUV process, which operates at a wavelength near X-rays. Smaller circuits along with other design improvements are expected to extend battery life of devices operating with 7 nanometer chip geometry.