Apple's "Project Azalea" might be a TSMC-run chip foundry to replace Samsung as supplier

The Oregonian came with an interesting scoop in its local news section yesterday. It talks how the state is trying to court a mysterious project codenamed "Azalea", which could be none other than Apple looking for a place to build a chip manufacturing plant, and reduce its dependence on Samsung for the silicon inside iPhones and iPads.

The Azalea foundry is allegedly being shopped to New York, California and Texas too, and will present itself in a 3.2 million square feet factory, employing a thousand of highly skilled semiconductor engineers. The foundry operator is expected to be TSMC, as it is the only other chip producer, besides Intel, that can eventually deliver Apple's quality and yield demands. 

Oregon has a lot of experience with chip manufacturers, and is providing them with billions in incentives, plus Apple has a data center there already. The move from Samsung to TSMC is rumored to begin as soon as the second quarter of 2013, so that Cupertino has its ducks in a row when the contract with Samsung ends next year.



1. Peter98

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Great one. Get it a quad-core!

8. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

yup but by that time there will be octa-core devices on other platforms! Ditchin sammy has been a bad move by Apple...they made a lot of bad decisions this year...and that shows in their sales figures and the bad qaultiy of 2012 product line

2. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Apple can't live without Samsung, it's all rumors !

3. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Hush up, sure they can.

4. Thephonegeek

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Beware TSMC. If you give up Qualcomm and Nvidia for apple, you are gonna be in a huge trouble. And two days later apple will say that they will produce their chips themselves.

5. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

this could happen. and they will then sue tsmc lol

6. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

So is apple going to like use the factory then for 2 weeks in February then close it the rest of the year? :)

10. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Well they are planning to be supplying chips to samsung from 2020 onwards ... essentially copying samsung business model as that's the one that will succeed :D

7. reyenrique

Posts: 99; Member since: Oct 07, 2012


9. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

Good news for Americans all in all. With samsung or without samsung, the one who wins will be americans. I am not american or Apple fan, but lately, I am seeing few good moves by Tim Cook. Something, that a humble man can take, which steve jobs wasn't. Am glad Apple is finally making few right moves.

11. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Tim Cook just may bring Apple back to being an admirable company. Well done.

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