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TSMC to supply Apple with 16nm FinFET chips for ‘breakthrough’ product?

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TSMC to supply Apple with 16nm FinFET chips for ‘breakthrough’ product?
We’ve already heard rumors that TSMC has sampling 28nm chips for Apple, but now we are hearing even more interesting whispers, this time for TSMC’s upcoming 20nm and 16nm manufacturing nodes.

DigiTimes Research analyst Nobunaga Chai expects the foundry to make an integrated AP/GPU chip for Apple at 20nm, but what’s most interesting are the cited expectations for TSMC to supply Cupertino with 16nm FinFET chips for an upcoming “breakthrough” product. What would that be? Pure mystery.

Now, interestingly, while TSMC is first expected to deliver 28nm chips to Apple, this will allegedly not happen in 2013 as previously said.

The foundry is expected to start mass manufacturing of 20nm chips around the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014. It should follow up with 16nm FinFET even quicker, in less than a year.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 16 Jan 2013, 07:59 9

1. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


sounds nice but apple is always way good in performance ....they just have to make larger phones with proper dimentions and call 3.5 n 4 inch mobiles as iphone classic

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 08:10 10

3. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


That's because the software and hardware work so well together for that buttery smooth experience the iPhone is known for.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 08:15 2

4. networkdood (Posts: 5543; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


lol, you are a regular comedian...

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 08:54 3

8. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Lol, that's true...
Too bad, no one laughs at his jokes, cause they are too fruity.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 08:31 8

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 9290; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


My note 2 is actually smoother than my ip5 myx. Project butter worked. Although ios is very smooth

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 10:02 3

13. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


that is the problem with Android specially Samsung.. they work buttery smooth but after around 6 months.. well the syrup kicks in,,,,, we already have lagging with the S3

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 10:54 1

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 9290; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yes that has happened n the past.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 12:16 3

18. networkdood (Posts: 5543; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


well, if you tried 2.3 and stopped there, then you behind the times...funny thing is that I never had that problem on my DROID RAZR or Captivate...of course, I know what I am doing.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 08:03 6

2. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Innovation is key which is Apple's specialty.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 08:34 10

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Oh, you superdelusional iFan...
Do you even realize the chips are being made by TSMC??

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 09:00 4

10. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Yes, but the design is Apple's, genius.
Probably the next generation of Swift

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 09:59 1

12. rf1975 (Posts: 232; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


For your info, Qualcomm leading mobile phone chipsets designer does not make (fabricate) their chips.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 08:23 2

5. MikeG77 (Posts: 348; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


Mxyzptlk obviously you and I have different definitions of what innovation means. Improving on an existing product or buying another company out is not innovation. Its either some new "I" device with improved specs or could be Apple is developing a Google Glasses competitor.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 10:06 2

14. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


actually it is innovation... look it up

"Improving on an existing product"

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 10:21 2

15. MikeG77 (Posts: 348; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


gallitoking forgive me for not being clear enough in my original post. What i meant was SLIGHT improvements such as making a phone with a larger screen or adding 4G are not innovative but you are correct they are an improvements to an existing product.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 08:57 2

9. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Come on Apple!
Show what ARM can do and blow Intel a goodbye kiss! Lol

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 09:16 2

11. Shino (Posts: 159; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Apple and Nokia are still the only manufacturers who actually rely on innovation and full software-hardware integration. The other ineresting thing will be the new BB, but personally I do not think it will be that impressive. Everything else is just plastic toys from Asia:)

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 10:44 3

16. rusticguy (Posts: 2811; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


And yet Android rules. Surprising isn't it?

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 17:52 2

19. jroc74 (Posts: 3981; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Funny you leave out HTC and Samsung...HTC phones had many firsts for phones. Samsung and their screens....are not innovation? Yea...Samsung makes screens....that other manufactures use.

Your fanboyism is showing.

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