Apple abandons Samsung for A5 chip, partners with Taiwanese TSMC?
Apple's A5 dual-core chip is what makes the iPad 2 tick, but Apple's system-on-a-chip might be produced by Taiwanese TSMC instead of Samsung, which manufactured the A4 chip on the original iPad and the iPhone 4, according to a source quoted by EETimes. There are three main reasons behind Cupertino's decision, but the most notable one is reportedly Samsung's role as a competitor to Apple products. In addition, TSMC has the largest capacity and the highest yielding 40nm process in the world. Capacity could become an issue if tablets live up to the hype and are received well by customers.
Reportedly, Apple will also work with TSMC on 28nm processors, possibly for the next generation of the iPad, the source added. Another report claims that iPad 2 production grows “faster than expected” with 5.5 million units expected to be produced in the first quarter of the year alone. But that means nothing if people don't buy it. Will you get the second-gen tablet from Apple? Let us know by voting in our latest poll here.