Half of Apple's A9 and A9X chips to come from TSMC?

Half of Apple's A9 and A9X chips to come from TSMC?
Every year, we hear different stories regarding the production of the chips that power the Apple iPhone and the Apple iPad. About a week ago, we told you that Samsung and Globalfoundries would be responsible for 70% of the A9 chips employed by Apple on the next iteration of the iPhone. After turning out 100% of the A8 and A8X chips, the report says that TSMC will be responsible for just 30% of A9 and A9X production. 

But that report has been thrown in doubt thanks to a new forecast made by UBS analysts Eric Chen, Samson Hung and Sunny Lin. The trio expects TSMC to manufacture 50% of A9/A9X chips for Apple.

Samsung does have a major advantage thanks to its head start on producing chips using the 14nm FinFET process. Chips turned out using this technology are 20% more powerful but still use 35% less energy that the prior-generation silicon. TSMC will just start its 16nm FinFET production next quarter.

Don't take this to be the final word, especially since it is coming from three analysts. Also, you can bet that before the Apple iPhone 6s is released, other stories will come along that will give TSMC higher and lower percentages of Apple A9 and A9X production.

source: Barron'sAsia via GforGames

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57 Comments

1. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Samsung ftw. 14nm

4. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Poor isheep will be forced to wait another half a year for their 14nm chip, only to see how the exynose rapes it in the multicore processing power in geekbench. Sad days for isheep to come :(.

10. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Poor crapsung sheep gets a 800$ note 4 with 24 cores exynos 256bit cpu and still lags :( Poor apple sheeps get 800$ 6 plus with simple dual core cpu that outperforms in real life any cpy :(

18. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

The best product line in 25 years"???, iCloud hack, bending phones, a useless watch that needs to be tethered with a phone, an iWatch launch with no iWatch until next year, and the one used at the launch is larger than the actual product (bait and switch?). battery life of less than one day, shameful stock buybacks to inflate stock price, etc. That's just off the top of my head. Not to mention barring tech review sites that try the bend test. I just wonder if they have anything truly interesting to launch any time soon. Apple is getting depressing.

19. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

people just buy iphones because everyone else has one. everywhere i look there are just iphones everywhere, i hardly see HTC phones or samsung phones. Plus iphones arent the best they are actually bad because they are just basic phones, people are just too lazy to put at least some effort to use other phones like samsung galaxy S5

53. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

You forget to mention how iDiots wait in line out in the cold just for a stupid phone or a tablet every year act like it's going to be gone in one minute. When I can just wait a month or two for all the bugs to outed while I order my phone (not iPhone) online

20. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

It’s amazing how intolerant, ignorant and stupid some of the pro-iphone comments are on this site. I agree with Joe Momma most iphone users are a bunch of douchebags who think they are better then everyone else because they own that piece of junk. And to the guy stuck on Filemaker pro, get a clue export the data to another database and dump your mac crap for a real computer system.

21. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

iPhones 1 thru to 6 still can’t transfer a song to my computer or android phone via bluetooth. This is a simple thing even a 10 year old clamshell phone can do. Apple is a jail that says we want allow such treachery. I can take a full HD video copy it to a usb flash drive straight fron my android phone. I can send it to nan who doesn’t own any apple or android devices but she has a large screen tv, she puts the flash drive in I posted to her. Freedom of doing things so many different ways that is impossible on an iPhone…

23. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

That surely is hurting iPhone sales...LOL

31. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Surely if the public found nd was advertised, apple stocks would plummet. By the way, stay on the subject. Well how can you, when you couldn't even reply nor dispute my post. No need for off topic .

39. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

LOL...comedy at its finest.

41. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Sure iKid. Immature and young you are.

32. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Its not hurting, but obviously milking a lot of money for a sub par outdated tech phone. Lmfao, you never see Apple at CES.

11. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

The fact you don't realize that Exynos is literally off-the-shelf from ARM makes me chuckle. Its years behind A8. Its not even as advanced as A7 in the 5S even. As if multi-core processing even matters. Im not editing videos on my phone. And if you're talking loading games; Apple's 64bit A-series load all games MUCH faster despite a disadvantage in both cores, and clock speed. Single-core performance is snap performance. Single-core performance governs lag and touch response. Single-core comparisons indicate who's architecture is more powerful and advanced.

24. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Shame cause the exynos version wrecked both ip6 and 6+ in speed and multitasking test. So I don't know where you're getting this "load all games much faster". Do you realize that the exynos was limited o purpose because of sd805 being trash? And even with that and no 64 bit support it still managed to trash your a8 iFaps :).

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

In the mean time, iPhones will continue doing everything the rest of these phones do, other than S-Pen and multi window. It'll also blow em away in sales, yep...sad day.

16. saucexD

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

Every time I play my amazing benchmark games with amazing graphics, my friend puts down his Note 4 and takes my 6 :( Lol even his Trivia Crack lags.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sad day huh lol

25. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Maybe he enjoys counting pixels on the poor screen of ip6?

29. saucexD

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

A paper stat fanboy. Nice to meet you.

30. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

And apple doesn't provide stats? Really. BS halfbaked featureless, platform, that even WP has more features. I fans were desperate for androids specs, now that is available on ios8. Lmao. What a pathetic platform, which only needs 1gb of ram to function, surely is a kids toysrus wannabe. Fake stop and start multitasking. Says the sauce who is known by saucexd. Welcome back.

34. saucexD

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

Did I ever say they dont? Lmao. Seriously, re read your post to yourself. If anything is from Toys R Us, it's you.

42. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Another iKid I'm having a dispute with. Grow up. Was that the best you came back to me. Weak.

48. iWin_Droid

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

Aw too bad, most apps are optimized for dual-core operations :(

2. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

love it or hate it but apple always has the best processors in iphones....as android fan i feel jealous of the fact at a dual core 1.2 ghz processor in apple outperform 2.5ghz quad core....... just imagine a octa core apple processor with big.little architecture in android smartphone...... hope snapdragon 820 will live to expectations....

5. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Outperforms what? A8 has similar multicore processing power as sd800 in geek bench, it's somewhere above 2.9k, while exynos scores around 3.5k. Sorry for bursting your bubble.

14. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

8 cores (Exynos) vs 2 cores (A8) And Samsung manages a win by 20% in useless Multi-core processing with both a clock speed and 4x core advantage. Impressive.

50. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

...as well as a higher screen resolution and a more powerful OS.

56. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Which absolutelly doesn't matter in a controled CPU benchmark.

6. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I know many friends carrying iPhones that are jealous of Android freedom... even when it comes to harware something as simple as not having a proper USB cable around to charge your device... or asking me to transfer pictures and I do it through bluetooth to other Android devices.. The grass is greener on the other side... In fact right now I am actually struggling to find a Standard (5 pins) MHL 3.0 adapter, since almost everything online is made for Samsung (11 pins) and it should be the other way around... Somehow Samsung's popularity has overcome MHL ubiquity and it is Samsung's proprietary connection that's everywhere.... I wish manufacturers would stayed with the old trusty separated microHDMI port... BTW somebody knows where to buy a MHL 3.0?

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