Samsung to manufacture Apple's A9 chip (for the next iPhone)

Samsung to manufacture Apple's A9 chip (for the next iPhone)
There's been a lot of talk about who would manufacture Apple's A9 chip (which will power the company's 2015 iPhone and iPad line-ups), with TSMC, Samsung, and GlobalFoundries all mentioned as possible makers of the new SoC. Bloomberg now has it that Samsung has won A9 chip orders from Apple, with additional orders going to GlobalFoundries, which is a Samsung partner. This means that TSMC, also known as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, will probably not secure any orders from the Cupertino giant this year (unlike in 2013, when it sealed a deal to produce most of Apple's A8 chips).

Since Samsung already has a System-on-Chip made on a 14 nm process (the Exynos 7 Octa 7420, which is found inside the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge), the A9 could also be manufactured on a 14 nm process. This should make it better and more efficient than the A8, which is made on a 20 nm process.

According to Bloomberg, Samsung will start manufacturing A9 chips at the Giheung plant in its home country, South Korea. However, it's not clear when mass production will start. It should happen soon, though, as Apple is likely planning to launch its next generation iPhones, possibly called iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, sometime in September.

source: Bloomberg via MacRumors

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