TSMC is moving with its 20nm Apple A8 chip production ahead of schedule

TSMC is moving with its 20nm Apple A8 chip production ahead of schedule

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), tasked with making A8 chips for Apple's next iPhone, confirmed a delayed start in the production of 20nm chip wafers. The company spoke of a "specification issue" with the materials used in its chemical-mechanical planarization process – smoothing the wafers with chemical agents and mechanical forces. Well, said issue has been resolved, and no shipments will be delayed.



Another bit of good news is that the chip yield rate has been increased since TSMC began making 20nm silicon in early 2014, and the production is moving ahead of schedule. This means that Apple has already sorted out a significant part of its chipset supplies for its next iPhone. Meanwhile, Samsung will be completing the rest of the order in its Texas fab. The word on the street is that Sammy is going to begin 20nm A8 production in April.



TSMC expects to continue advancing its manufacturing efficiency over the next quarters and have 20nm products make up to 20% of its total 2014 revenue.



source: DigiTimes

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13 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Ok... I'm more interested in what the A8 brings rather than when it starts being manufactured. :/

3. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Maybe finally it will be Quad Core!

8. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Dual core is still enough for Apple, all they need is a more powerful GPU.

9. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

The multi tasking on the iPad sucks (even with my iPad Air) so they'll need to do something better in order to make multi tasking better - Quad Core is the answer in my opinion. BTW, I've never had a problem with games on my iPads (iPad 2 and iPad air) so I don't think that they need to use more powerful GPU.

13. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Well they need faster RAM. What if the A8 was the first mobile chip with DDR4 ram? That'd be pretty cool but on IOS, not really useful unless they overhaul IOS...

4. eggimage

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

It IS a very important news that they are already manufacturing these chips this much earlier.. No offense but I don't understand how you don't see something this obvious. And it's not up to a tech news site to tell what this chip is capable of... Nobody should know right now except apple and the manufacturers..

2. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

finaly ,this means we will finaly have new GPUs from AMD and nVidea... 2 rebrands is too much

5. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

isn't that the process used to manufacturing gpu is different from the one that used for SoC? i read reports that while TSMC already start volume production for their 20nm product for soc the process that usually used to manufacture gpu will only be ready by the second half of the year. this lead the rumor about nvidia/amd 20nm gpu will only be here on late Q3 at the earliest.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think its very very similar. Though I don't think we'll see the GTX 800 series until next year, the GTX 790 still isn't released, probably will be later this year.

10. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

nvidea is launching GTX 800 for mobile (rebrand of the GTX 700 except the GTX 860M)

12. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

i think nvidia will only launch 790 if they have the reason to.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The GTX 750 Ti is already very very efficient and its still 28nm. 20nm Maxwell will crazy efficient. Soon we'll have much more laptops with graphics as powerful as the PS4, though they'll probably still expensive though.

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Expect next gen snapdragons with 20nm architecture.

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