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TSMC is producing the A8 chips for the next iPhone amidst rumors of final Apple-Samsung break-up

Posted: , by Luis D.

TSMC is producing the A8 chips for the next iPhone amidst rumors of final Apple-Samsung break-up

Reports from Taipei claim that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has started production on A8 chipsets for Apple's next iPhone. TSMC, the world's leading contract chip-maker, is now making A8 processors. 


According to Taipei's Commercial Times, TSMC is handling the bulk of the orders for logic and power management integrated chips that will be featured in the handset. The same media claims that the new iPhone is slated for the third quarter of 2014, which has been the regular schedule for Apple so far.


TSMC have declined to comment, but its shares managed to rise up 2.33 percent after the rumors went wild. It's not clear at the moment whether Samsung, Apple's chip-manufacturing partner to Cupertino's woe, is involved in the A8 production at all. Taipei website TechNews claimed that TSMC has become the sole chipset contractor to Apple. 


Still, it is more likely that the iPhone maker has merely diversified its supply chain, as we assume that Korean media would have went ballistic if Samsung were to lose such an important contract.


source: AFP (via Google)

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posted on 05 Mar 2014, 09:20 4

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1661; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


They make chips for AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Intel, etc so they should be able to handle the load. They have a lot more experience than Samsung when it comes to manufacturing chips. Bigger too :)

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 09:46 8

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 3006; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


These contracts worth a lot of money.

Nothing Apple fans say matter. Samsung has been and still are an important component supplier to Apple.

Read the writing on Apple wall. Money! Money! Money!

Apple attitude towards their fans. Sucker! Sucker! Sucker!

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 09:55 3

7. Finalflash (Posts: 1811; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


lol yea, and these iFans (who don't have much knowledge of tech history) think that everything will be smooth and rosy with TSMC. They have never for the past decade and a half delivered according to their promises. With the amount of volume Apple demands, they likely will cave on the more complicated chips and Samsung will have to fill remaining capacity likely at a premium. Samsung probably doesn't have to worry about production contracts for years still.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 10:51 2

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 11996; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


How does that help you though? I notice you blast relentlessly at every apple article, but you don't really insult anyone like say PAPINYC, topcat, eclipsegsx, and a few others who are just here to bother and irk people, which means you must have an issue with apple. I'm just wondering, no disrespect intended, but what's your agenda/goal with your posts?

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 11:29 4

14. androiphone20 (Posts: 1474; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


"(who don't have much knowledge of tech history)" tech history haha, seriously what the heck is this all about right? Dude this guy always has a chip on his shoulder he is best ignored

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 12:14

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 11996; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I just wonder why he dies this every day every article.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 13:06 1

16. Finalflash (Posts: 1811; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Lol, I am allowed to respond with facts if I feel like it and I clearly stated what parts are my opinion. It doesn't help me, I don't get where you got that idea from, but unlike you who is constantly cheerleading for one company, I don't feel the need to. This is actually a shot at TSMC (because they screwed up several GFX card releases in the past) so I don't get where you think this is a shot at Apple and have come so quickly to be a white knight for them. Also, it was mostly a reply to the OP which was a pretty trolly comment so likewise, any response is allowed up to straight up being a troll.

If you have a problem with that, deal with it because that is just how the internet works.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:02

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 11996; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No need to get defensive, I was just asking. I also cheer for google, Chevy (love that new c7 vette), m&m mars, Nike, dodge, Indy car, directv, IFBB, MLB, NFL, and my company softball team (we're only D league). Anyway thanx for the response.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 17:12 1

23. mrblah (Posts: 460; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


probably a sammy exec lol

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 11:02 1

11. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


Wrong! LOL! Just admit it. You won't be able to say that Samsung produces iPhone chips anymore. We know. It was all that you had after the announced the "Swipe Scanner" and the bandaid back on the S5. Just breathe. Let the butthurt flow through you and out of your body. Preferably over a toilet.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 11:27 1

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 11996; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


LMAOOOOO can we say some are butthurt lol

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 13:09 1

17. Finalflash (Posts: 1811; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


LOL calm down, I really don't care, I called them out on it and moved on to a different brand. Sounds like you still have a lot of butthurt lodged up yours though so maybe get your boyfriend to help you out with that, I am sure he will oblige. If not do seek a doctor for that and whatever mental illness makes you try to troll so hard.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:49

22. darkkjedii (Posts: 11996; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


How did you call them out dude? You're not at apples HQ, you're not at TMSC HQ, you're just being a loud mouth on PA. If you really want to call them out, go to them, doing it here only gets you green thumbs, and lol's from a bunch of introverted chubby 12-18 year olds. Callouts are best done face to face, with the intention of settling something. Useless complaining is done with no intention on settling anything, just for attention. Hmmmmmm...

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 04:39

27. 1701nino (unregistered)


I'm an ifan and know alot about tech,probably more then you kid,and i love my ipad and my nexus you got an problem with that!?!And for your information the next phone i got will definetly be an iphone.Some of us just wan't a beautiful design and straight forward software that just works.Because at the end of the day i don't use or need even 60% of options that android offers,but that is something that every person must decide for hymself.My point is calling people names just because they made a choice for them selfs is retarded.
Personally you got ios,wp or android its all good baby as long as you love tech and appreciate the change thats happening right now.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 10:59 1

10. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


I can tell by what you're saying that the but thirst is TREMENDOUS! LMAO! You should seek some help with that. It only gets worse from here loser.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 10:59

9. brrunopt (Posts: 531; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Intel ? intel has their own fabs

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 11:08

12. Ninetysix (Posts: 1661; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TSMC
--Control F
--type Intel
--profit

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 14:52

19. brrunopt (Posts: 531; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


"on March 02, 2009"

i bit old, no ?
also its impossible TSMC is producing any Intel chip (including Atoms) since all of them are 22nm and TSMC is at 28nm (going to 20nm)

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 15:33

20. Ninetysix (Posts: 1661; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


K.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140109PD215.html

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2363346

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 09:22

2. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


so can we say that new iphone will unveiled on jun ?

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 09:45 4

3. Gsizzle (Posts: 35; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


That's not happening, Its probably going to be announced in Sept 2014. Just like all the previous iPhones.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 09:50 1

6. TechFreak123 (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


All the previous iPhones since Steve Jobs past away.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 17:37

24. mrblah (Posts: 460; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


Actually the 4S was announced on Oct 4th

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 14:16

18. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


you can "say" the iphone will be released tomorrow :)

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 09:46 1

5. sipha (Posts: 299; Member since: 12 May 2012)


I hope this means samsung would focus and finaly put more effort on the exynos.. I definitely wasnt that impress by these exynos 5 chips!!

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 21:43

25. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3423; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


That TSMC logo is so 1960

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 21:53

26. galanoth07 (Posts: 44; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I hope the next iPhone will have bigger display (4.5''-5")

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 12:59 1

28. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2388; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I guess no one remembers that Apple said the same thing last year. When TSMC couldn't produce the quality of chips they were looking for, they crawled back to Samsung. I'm not saying that will happen again this year, but it needed to be pointed out. Hopefully, Apple put more thought into it this time around

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