Report: Apple shakes hand with TSMC on chip supply deal
Some of that added capacity, 20,000 wafers, will be converted to 16nm technology with the A9 and A9X processor being built for Apple during the third quarter of 2014. It is not known whether Apple will be using another silicon slinger to supply these chips. TSMC's 12 inch fab in Southern Taiwan will be where the chips for Apple will be produced. Capacity will start at 10,000-12,000 12 inch wafers and will pick up as the new year begins.
Apple has been rumored to have made a deal with TSMC many times before. The Cupertino based tech giant is trying to divorce itself from Samsung as its Korean rival has been responsible for most of the Ax chips found in devices like the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad.
3. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
You can't. For every Apple chip Samsung loses out on they sell two with their ever growing market share.
2. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)
Apple : Bye2 samsung...;(
TMSC: Don't worry Apple, we will become the best PARTNER IN THE WORLD :)
4. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Big news, and this is what apple needs to do. Get out of bed with your enemy...
5. vincelongman (Posts: 952; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
"TSMC will start by producing the A8 processor in small quantities in July"
Does that mean there will be no A7 and A7X?
7. theindianguy (Posts: 90; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
I think Samsung is still under contract to make the A7/ A7x chips for this year. The A8 chip will be made by TSMC and will go into mass production in Q1 of next year.
6. TylerGrunter (Posts: 864; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
This may be really bad news for any Android manufacturer if Apple starts hogging the new die processes for their high volume chipsets...
8. Taters (Posts: 2594; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Android will be fine. TMSC isn't that stupid, they wont give them the whole factory and I am guessing Apple will still be popular enough that Samsung and someone else still has to help. Iphone 5 is probably the peak, unless IOS 7 is really that crazy. I doubt it. lol