Samsung is reportedly aiming to manufacture Apple's A13 chip next year

Samsung is reportedly aiming to manufacture Apple's A13 chip next year
The most recent Apple processor Samsung was able to manufacture was the Apple A9 chip which debuted back in September of 2015 alongside the iPhone 6s lineup. Since then, the South Korean giant has lost out on manufacturing contracts to TSMC, which is currently in the process of mass producing the upcoming Apple A12 processor. However, according to DigiTimes, Samsung is hoping to change this situation next year.

Currently, with the production of Apple’s 2018 processor, TSMC makes use of the newer 7-nanometer process and, starting in the third quarter of this year, the company is said to be preparing the introduction of Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUV) for more precise etching of designs on wafers. However, due to the current risks that are associated with the technology, TSMC is understood to be holding off plans for complete integration until production of 5-nanometer chips begins in the second half of 2019, giving Samsung a pretty big advantage. After all, the South Korean giant is said to be ahead of TSMC when it comes to EUV and is prepared to fully integrate the process into 7-nanometer chip production, something it hopes will entice Apple next year. Not only this, though, but Samsung is also said to be working on an improved version of the InFO (integrated fan-out) packaging technology, which is currently used by its rival.

Now, although it’s highly unlikely Apple will make Samsung the sole provider of its A13 chip next year, the company’s increased manufacturing ability may prove to be a significant incentive to Apple. After all, by having more than one manufacturer, the iPhone giant could potentially drive down costs by guaranteeing a certain percentage of shipment numbers if the companies agree to lower prices.

source: DigiTimes

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45 Comments

1. master-mkk

Posts: 214; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

let's hope that this chip doesn't explode . . . . . oh, wait this is not 2015 and it is dead jock lets just move on shall we !!!

4. Papa_Ji

Posts: 839; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

All iCraps have Samsung deep inside. It's not possible for rotten fruit seller to make there phones without Samsung.

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

If that is darn near the dumbest comment of the month........wow

22. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

They sure can't make their flagship midel, AKA da Notchfied iPhone X without Samsung's OLED tech.

33. apple-rulz

Posts: 2028; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Yet Apple’s iteration was the best to date ever, better than anything Samsung was capable of developing to that point (http://www.displaymate.com/iPhoneX_ShootOut_1a.ht​m Yet you idiots always seem to conveniently forget that. If it wasn’t for what Apple taught Samsung with the iPhone X OLED process, the S9’s wouldn’t have been as good as it is. Now you two half wits feed each other cookies.

34. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

What else did you expect? I mean... Samsung made it you moron. It feels good to own the best of the best, right? Now you know how Samsung fans felt for the past 5 years.

35. apple-rulz

Posts: 2028; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Samsung made it to Apples specs, moron. So now idiots like you can enjoy the benefits of Apples scientific and engineering prowess, thanks to Apple showing Samsung how to properly manufacture screens. I know it burns your mangina, but just relax and have a cookie.

37. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

"Samsung made it" Yeah, that's what I said you dodo bird. Apple put a notch on it and you & kiko da Kellyanne Conway of PA took it like a champ LMAOOOOO

41. apple-rulz

Posts: 2028; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Wow you are a bigger idiot than I thought! Also you suck at trolling, I’m sure you didn’t think I’d notice that you left off “Samsung made it to Apples specs”, specifically the “”Apples specs”” part. Go away now, you’re not even amusing, just pathetic.

42. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Why so iMad? At the end of the day, Apple turned to Samsung because no one else could've made it good enough for em you dodo bird. iMorons like you only deserve 'Apples spec' Chinese OLED display lol Get that through your thick iHead. Note 9 will have better display than the notch monster so enjoy your best 'Samsung made' display until end of August :)

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It’s also true

9. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

And Samsung is thankful for the business since they make more revenue from the sales of the iPhone X with the AMOLED display panels than they do for their own Galaxy S line. Samsung made $110 per iPhone X sold. That’s money that Samsung can then turn around and put into R&D. So really it’s a symbiotic relationship.

29. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

TSMC contract will finish with Apple by next year I think this the reason and don’t think so TSMC going to let Apple go like that for sure TSMC going to introduce 3nm or 2nm Soc. But as you know Apple and Samsung relationship they still in love with each other lol.

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7219; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You do know that Samsung's OLED displays are on many different smartphones that other OEMs manufacturer. Plus that was before Apple decided to go with OLED, and it's only 9 months since Apple started using an OLED display on the only iPhone X model to use it.

10. apple-rulz

Posts: 2028; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Samsung; Phablet (Note series)- Dell Note Display-Wacom Infinity Display-Toppan FPD OS-Google Android Milk music-Slacker Speakers-Harman Kardon Semiconductors-SEMATECH and too numerous to list merchants shops Samsung Pay-LoopPay Bixby-Viv Labs All Samsung phones can only exist by having been impregnated by multiple entities.

11. nikhil23

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Can someone give this guy a cookie.

18. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You forgot operating system is made by google.

20. sissy246

Posts: 7083; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMG , apple does the same thing. Buys other companies to use in their devices. Get over your self.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don’t these fools just crack you up, when they argue something a OEM does, but fails to mention their fav OEM does the exact same thing?

21. sissy246

Posts: 7083; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

If you don't think any company can find other resources to get what they need you are wrong.

40. path45th

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Explain how iPhones are crap when a three years old iPhone, the 6s, can manage a higher benchmark single core than the latest by Samsung, the s9.

46. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

why are you saying bs. Check out geekbench website. Please. https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/8806348 https://browser.geekbench.com/ios_devices/38

8. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I hope TSMC continues to make it. There chips seem to be better built. That and I supose anything that Samsung makes that Apple puts in there phones can and probably will be copied. I know that’s a narrow minded thought but it is still possible. Apple should at some point get away completely from Samsung parts

32. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I don’t think Samsung can copy Apple A soc architecture and desgin that easy unless Apple allow Samsung to copy especially after last case plus Samsung they’re good in this job.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That wasn’t even remotely funny dude.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

If there's one thing that always amuse me about business empires and tech juggernauts; its this: One one hand; they're suing the pants off of each other, while on the other they're making business deals! They're just so HUGE that they don't care; as long as the money comes pouring in! Patent wars are nothing personal to the board of directors; its just business! And... Business is business! G'Day!

3. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Tsmc's 7FF is compared to Samsung's 8nm LPP , 7nm EUV is in another league ...

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

IKR, TSMC's 7FF+ is more comparable to Samsung's 7nm EUV.. (TSMC's 7FF+ is for mid 2019 IIRC)

6. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Yeah but 8 months later , Samsung will go 5nm EUV in H2 2019

44. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

TSMC's N7FF is already in mass production now TSMC's N7FF+ (EUV) is entering mass production in H2 2019 Samsung's 7LPP (EUV) is entering mass production in H1 2019 Samsung's 5LPE enters risk production in H2 2019 Won't enter mass production until H1 2020 TSMC's N5FF emter mass production in H2 2020 So it seems TSMC may have the lead for the next year, but Samsung may take the lead in the year after But these are all marketing terms Will have to wait for actual size reductions and performance gains to be reveal And to see if TSMC/Samsung actually meet their release targets

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