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

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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.

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posted on 20 Dec 2012, 06:39 5

1. Peter98 (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)

Great one. Get it a quad-core!

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 11:13

8. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 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

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 06:46 3

2. buggerrer (Posts: 306; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

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

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 07:25 3

3. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)

Hush up, sure they can.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 07:41 4

4. Thephonegeek (Posts: 118; Member since: 22 Nov 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.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 08:01

5. redmd (Posts: 1355; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

this could happen. and they will then sue tsmc lol

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 09:02

6. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 14:32

10. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 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

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 10:03

7. reyenrique (Posts: 99; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


posted on 20 Dec 2012, 11:34

9. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 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.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 19:03

11. roscuthiii (Posts: 2233; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

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

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