TSMC could be the exclusive manufacturer of Apple's A10 and A11 chips

TSMC could be the exclusive manufacturer of Apple's A10 and A11 chips
Apple has been pretty consistent in terms of choosing the company to manufacture its SoCs for iOS products. In general, Apple has contracted TSMC, Samsung or both. Obviously, Apple wouldn't be against cutting out competitor Samsung from that equation, and the latest rumors say that Apple may have done just that for the next two years.

There have been rumors swirling for a while that Apple had contracted TSMC as the sole producer of the A10 chip expected to power the iPhone 7 this year and new reports seem to confirm that. But, the new word is that TSMC has also wrapped up exclusive manufacturing rights for the A11 SoC expected to be in the majorly redesigned 2017 iPhone that has been rumored. According to DigiTimes, TSMC won the contract and will be using a 10-nanometer FinFET process to build the A11 SoC, with production beginning as soon as the second quarter of next year.

While it's easy to guess that Apple wants to cut out Samsung because of the direct competition there, the fairly ridiculous "Chipgate" with the iPhone 6s might not have helped. In case you missed it, the silly "Chipgate" story was that Samsung's version of the A9 chip is made using the 14nm FinFET process, while TSMC uses the 16nm FinFET process, and there turned out to be a potential 2-3% difference in battery life with the different chips. TSMC exclusivity could be a move for consistency. 

source: DigiTimes

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20 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I don't think they're are cutting out Samsung for "Childcare" or anything. They can probably get these chips cheaper from one manufacturer, as long as they can handle the workload. Besides, it's not like Apple and Samsung aren't already in a "frenemy" level relationship. Samsung makes a good deal of Apple's parts already. Not to mention next year's new model and a possible curved OLED display.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lmao! *Chipgate* not childcare :D. That's one hilarious typo.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

A wonder typo. Good you corrected it, because it confused me.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Funny ass typo my dude.

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You must be one your phone because "childcare" is one hell of a autocorrect for "chipgate" lol.

11. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Yes actually lol. I use the mobile version most of the time, especially while I'm at work (desk jobs get really boring sometimes -_-).

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah sitting at a desk in class is super boring, especially in college where class is always over way before you can leave.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hey kiko, can you recommend a good childcare facility with no wood (chips) at the (gate) ;)

15. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lol! +1

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right on my dude lol. What's funny, is my wife is the director for a chain of preschools, and she hates that they use woodchips on the playground, cause the kids get into em. Hence post 14 lol

18. engineer-1701d unregistered

We all know apple can't do there phones with out Samsungs help Samsungs doing the display and they will do the chip as well

2. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Oh.. I didn't see that coming.. trolls

4. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Don't think no matter who makes the thing, still be the same boringly skipping CD same thing different year

6. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm all for this. It might mean Samsung using Exynos SOCs in all their flagships, rather than Snapdragon. Win for us.

8. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Yeah, no more SAMSUNG anymore

12. Unordinary unregistered

Is that why you left the E out of Samesung?

9. Kumar123 unregistered

Good for Apple. Now Qualcomm needs to follow Apple and start exclusively using superior TSMC's foundary tech. Whatever happened at 20nm is past now TSMC has the best tech ( with exclusive fan-out tech) qualcomm needs to utilize it.

17. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm not going to lie, your one man war against Samsung is highly amusing even if I don't agree with you.

20. Kumar123 unregistered

Glad I amuse you Samsuck apologist.

19. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

It's understandable why one company would want to reduce too much reliance on one supplier that happens to be your competitor in the same field you're being supplied for. It's just a contingency in case relations sour.

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