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Report: Apple adding TSMC as second chip source earlier than expected

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Report: Apple adding TSMC as second chip source earlier than expected
Financial giant Credit Suisse says that Apple will be accelerating the time table for its plan to add TSMC as a second source for the chips it uses on its mobile devices. Currently, Apple depends on Samsung produced chips, but tensions between the two giants have run high lately due to the high profile patent battles that the pair have had. Credit Suisse says that the Taiwan based contract chipmaker could start receiving orders from Apple as soon as the second quarter of 2013. The brokerage firm had earlier expected Apple to add TSMC as a second source late in 2013 or early in 2014.

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Manish Nigam, head of the brokerage’s non-Japan Asia technology research division said that checks with equipment suppliers and other companies in Japan, Taiwan and China point to an earlier timeframe for Apple to start giving orders to TSMC. And instead of starting with chips produced using the chipmaker's upcoming 20nm process, Apple might start purchasing chips made using the current 28nm process instead.

Credit Suisse is giving TSMC an upgrade to "Outperform" from "Neutral" and raised its target to NT$109 ($3.75 USD) from NT$95 ($3.27). The stock closed Monday at NT $96.50 ($3.32 USD).

source: TaipeiTimes via MacRumors

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posted on 10 Dec 2012, 18:02 3

1. ljade.abadinas (Posts: 21; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)


Whatever! :P

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 18:24 2

2. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


They best upgrade asap samsung is one of the few companies that can provide this much volume of chips

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 18:38 1

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


RIP to Qualcomm & nvidia... No tsmc love to you...

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 18:57 1

6. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


TSMC is not stupid enough to drop Qualcomm & nVidia...

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 19:15 2

8. wendygarett (unregistered)


I'm just joking k? Sigh...
Tsmc is a Taiwanese company, and I believe Taiwanese will never abandoned his old partner... Thats the culture... Just like you should abandon your siblings because they are your first 'friends' since you are born... That's their culture...

Unless tsmc is a greedy company tho.

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 11:38

15. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


We Chinese/Taiwanese are greedy, that's for sure, it's pretty much in our blood... Otherwise TSMC would of signed with Apple long ago instead of trying to have flexibility, grabbing sales from everyone will always be more than grabbing sales from just one.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 18:40 1

4. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Tsmc chips are no way near Exynos chips!
Samsung is a huge company, as such apparently certain parts do not necessarily agree or get along all that well other parts. The fab guys at Samsung are trying to distance the self from the phone guys, and apparently the fab Arm of Samsung has good relationship with Apple. Apple won't move away from SS, when it comes to chips, Tsmc does not have the 28nm capacity to handle Apple right now, or there demands!

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 19:09 2

7. wendygarett (unregistered)


Huh? You do realize that tsmc is now developing the 20nm dont you... Please refer to the previous pa news...

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 20:36

10. Commentator (Posts: 2412; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/TSMC-the-company-behind-it-all_id36943

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 18:42

5. MC1123 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


what exactly is apple ordering on samsung? what kind of chips? the exynos? coz they use their own chip SoC right? the a series...

and what could this company actually do?

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 03:01 1

13. xfire99 (Posts: 506; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Apples iphones 4->5 are based on Samsungs Exynos. They dont own any SoC, they just design it and let Samsung build it. Most of all Iphones 4/5 are based on Samsung components.

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 05:42 1

14. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Incorrect. Apple has an ARM Architecture license and the A6 is a custom SoC. The Exynos SoCs are just slightly tweaked ARM designs because Samsung doesn't have an architecture license.

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 20:34

16. MC1123 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


yeah..i actually thing of that way too..apple's Aseries is a SoC of apple...they use their own GPU the swift GPU..just like qualcomm's snapdragon who use adreno GPU..but what exactly apple get from samsung?

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 20:05 3

9. ROCKNROLL (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


Apple is great.....always loved it.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 20:37

11. Commentator (Posts: 2412; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


...says the bravest man to ever post on PA.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 23:51

12. nwright94 (unregistered)


Your right. Don't see why you can't have an opinion on this website without getting bashed lol. All the OS's offer something great, and people will use what they like, not what some Internet troll says they have to like. If anything the trolls are pushing people away from whatever they're advocating.

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