Apple A6 chipset getting trial runs in the TSMC foundries

Apple A6 chipset getting trial runs in the TSMC foundries
Apple's next generation mobile chipset, codenamed A6, is being produced in small doses at the TSMC foundries, for testing purposes. Even though TSMC is the largest independent chip foundry, a huge customer like Apple will be hard to accommodate in sufficient quantity and quality in a heartbeat, regardless of how fast Cupertino wants to break away from Samsung.

Moreover, a rumor appeared yesterday that Apple's next iPhone delay has been due to the dual-core A5 overheating when moved from the spacious iPad 2, to the crammed innards of an iPhone. Foxconn already complained that the next iPhone is difficult to manufacture, since a bunch of components have to be fit flawlessly in a thin body, so heat dissipation issues in the test runs are not out of the question.

source: TUAW

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9 Comments

1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Apple has so many problems with making one phone yet all other phone companies can make dozens a year without any major problems like this. I don't get it.

2. phonefan4

Posts: 13; Member since: May 03, 2011

becaust they are very picky.

5. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I don't know if you notices but the iPhone is pretty damn compact. I'm sure Apple spends more time on their device than other company's spend on any one of maybe 5-6 phones they releae a year.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yet the galaxyS is thinner than the iphone and the galaxyS2 is even bigger yet thinner and lighter at the same time. Its possible. Its not just "apple being picky" since others have already done dual core thinner and lighter with larger screens.

3. BoogieEJ unregistered

You know guys......... Apple has a 3 year quality assurance check, and that means the iPhone 4 we are using today was actually built on 2007.............. And thats why Apple is making so many tests and giving a perfect Smart phone rather than making mass production. :D

4. mgonzalez

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 12, 2011

they still "mass produce" their products. that's how they sell tens of millions of them....

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Really that is good to know. So since 2007, Apple had the iPhone 4 complete. So then why when it was released did the iPhone have the death grip problem? So much for your testing BS. You are so wrong.

7. BoogieEJ unregistered

Mass production in the sense like the Apple is not creating different flavors of iPhone...... Samsung and HTC and Nokia is like mass producing both same phone and different kind of phones :D

9. jinkster unregistered

Thiness is only part of the reason Apple products are hard to make. If you look closely, their products don't have a lot of seems or screws. THAT'S the reason Foxconn complains they are hard to make. Take a look at the remote for Apple Tv. It uses one piece for the whole remote! It's insides were carved out! That's harder to manufacture, but looks much better and can be higher quality.

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