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Samsung already delivering 14nm A9 chipset samples for the iPhone 7 to Apple

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Samsung already delivering 14nm A9 chipset samples for the iPhone 7 to Apple
Apple is already getting the first samples of its next-generation A9 chipset from none other than Samsung's state-of-the-art semiconductor plant in Austin, Texas, a Korean publication claims. Samsung has won back the trust of Apple with its shovel-ready 14nm FinFET production process, while the TSMC foundry's 16nm wafers can only start being cut in mass quantities in the second quarter of next year, it seems. 

In any case, mass production of Apple's new A9 will probably be split between the two competing foundries next year, but it's the advancements in chip-making technology that it brings which are interesting for us, as these are likely to end up boosting the iPhone 6s/7 features. 

As usual, with the move to a new production process (the current A8 is built on 20nm), we will be witnessing a significant drop in power consumption, while at the same time increasing performance. The jumps are not as jaw-dropping now as with previous intergenerational changes, as the 14nm process is said to bring a 20% performance boost with a 35% reduction in power consumption, but, knowing Apple, there will be much more tricks up the A9's sleeve than that, especially in the graphics and co-processing departments.

source: ET via Pocket-lint

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posted on 12 Dec 2014, 05:26 15

1. joey_sfb (Posts: 6601; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Apple need Samsung more than the other way around.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 05:39 1

3. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Nobody cares.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 06:13 14

6. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

Apple and all iFans do lolzz

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 11:22 3

22. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14522; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Then why are you posting? Are you a "nobody"? Because last time I checked, it is impossible for "nobody" to make posts.

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 01:11

31. Bertelgeus (banned) (Posts: 126; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

Wow, Samsung is DESPERATE to gain Apple back as THE big customer.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 06:59

7. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

I think they need each other equally. Apple has the cash to create their own factories if they want to. However, they are going to the cheap option for short term.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 07:07 1

8. joey_sfb (Posts: 6601; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

14nm is unique to Samsung for now.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 10:38

18. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

Actually it's unique to Intel for now. The reason the performance gains are not jaw dropping is because it's not a full shrink to 14 like intel is. The cost per transistor is also going up because they aren't doing it right.

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 07:25

32. joey_sfb (Posts: 6601; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

As guest had said intel and samsung 14nm process are different.

Apple fan can smash Samsung for all they want but intel is not ARM licensee so only Samsung can make their 14mn chip.


posted on 12 Dec 2014, 08:44 3

16. xfire99 (Posts: 940; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)

Have the cash to build own factories, is not same as have the technology to produce 14nm FinFET chips. So its not that Apple can do whatever they want with the cash.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 10:39 3

19. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

More like don't have the engineering talent. Everyone can buy the same tools but it's how you use them that counts.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 11:32 3

23. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14522; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

What are you smoking dude. Samsung makes their own stuff, and they make stuff for other. What product has Apple ever made. NONE. Apple needs suppliers because their products are made up of components from other companies None of Apple products are Apple's. They buy them and brand them as their own.

The only thing inside Apple devices Apple can call theirs is the CPU. Because they like Samsung, are ARM licensees, and since they pay for the license they get to put their own name on THEIR design.

Samsung was making components and phones long before Apple was even though of. Samsung is a much older company than Apple. Samsung has far more money. The difference is, each company inside Samsung must be able to handle their own business. Samsung Mobile and Electronics is only a small part of Samsung. If Samsung lost Apple as a customer, sure just like any company that services other company, hey will lose money.

But the fact remains is simple, if Samsung lost Apple Samsung will still be fine as Apple however would struggle to replace the capabilities Samsung offers. They already tried and failed. TSMC makes good components, but they cant make them at the yields Samsung can. ITS THAT SIMPLE.

Samsung is 10x's the company Apple is, how are they equal. Samsung has one of the worlds tallest buildings, they have the worlds largest cargo ships, they make phones, appliances, construction equipment and more.

Name one product Apple has made. That's right. NONE. Apple CPU is designed by Apple, but it is based on ARM's designs.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 08:14

12. Ethos (unregistered)

samsung is key for many other consumers / purchasers.. in other semiconductors ..

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 11:21

21. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14522; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Yes. Just like switching to GEICO can save you up to 15%, everyone knows that. The problem is, the fans thinks its the other way around. Samsung has never needed Apple, will never need Apple.

Apple is Samsung's customer. I know Samsung loves having Apple money, especially after Apple tried to sue them for the most lame attack ever done in the mobile industry.

Samsung I am sure does business with a lot of enemies, all companies do. But Apple is Samsung's worse enemy by far. Any company that would file a frivolous lawsuit against a hardware partner is either stupid or ignorant or both.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 21:32

30. jack123 (Posts: 258; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

It's all about money, not about who needs who more.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 12:04

27. Salazzi (Posts: 537; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)

Actually Samsung needs Apple more. It needs the money more than Apple needs THEM (keyword) to be their chipset producers.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 05:28 4

2. TyrionLannister (unregistered)

Can this mean Samsung next gen exynos will be 14 nm( in the note 5/alpha 2 )?

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 05:40 1

4. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Most likely
I don't think Samsung's 14 nm process will be ready for the S6

Also I wonder if Qualcomm will let Samsung produce 14 nm 810s

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 08:36

14. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)

that is not how it works . qualcomm gives / sells complete soc not design . 810 will use 20nm process . Note 5 has good chance of having a 14nm chip.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 05:42 1

5. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Sweet I hope Samsung win back Apple's production

I want TMSC to focus on AMD and Nvida GPUs
Some new GPUs for 4K gaming and VR would be nice

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 07:11

9. Spedez (Posts: 514; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)

Interesting that they are helping Apple to destroy their own market share.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 10:37

17. Iodine (Posts: 1395; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)

Interesting that they were making better chips for Apple (A7) than for themselves.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 07:37

10. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

So the current Apple soc is 20nm an is only on par with Snapdragon an other OEM silicone that are at 28nm an less in some cases?

And its 64 on top of that 20nm soc advantage an still with a dumbed down OS it just competes??

I never realized they were bringing grade A material an just making grade B class, bahaha Apple.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 08:11

11. medicci37 (Posts: 1335; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

Take note Qualcomm

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 08:32

13. Loubielou (Posts: 555; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Samsung needs more than Apples when your "Chips" are Down,Why?do Samsung help the Company that is making them Struggle seems totally Odd,Make Apple Struggle then you get more Stronger and they will then realise that they will not be to popular

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 08:39

15. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)

Samsung knows how to make best chips in any Apple product.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 11:38

24. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14522; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

In product period. Every electronic device sold in the world has a chip from Samsung.

When I say every, that doesn't mean 100%. It does mean 99.9% as the changes of you finding a product that is electronic that doesn't have something from Samsung is almost NIL.

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 03:24

35. AmirBudi (Posts: 86; Member since: 21 Mar 2014)

But, I can't find Samsung product in high-end audio device. I don't see Samsung in Krell, Mark Levinson, Audio Research, Wilson Audio, Martin Logan, etc

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 10:42

20. vishalaestro (Posts: 81; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)

still don't know why samsung can't fit these processor's within their phones,maybe apples design is excellent than the samsung exynos and the qualcomm offerings

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 11:40 1

25. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14522; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

They can. Also look the Note 4 and iPhone 6 plus. The Note has a larger battery, larger logic board, larger camera, larger display, and the housing for the S-Pen and yet the device is still smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus.

Are you really gonna sit their sane say Apple designs stuff better? AT least My Note 2, 3 and 4 have never bent in my pocket.

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