TSMC is producing the A8 chips for the next iPhone amidst rumors of final Apple-Samsung break-up

TSMC is producing the A8 chips for the next iPhone amidst rumors of final Apple-Samsung break-up

Reports from Taipei claim that TaiwanSemiconductor Manufacturing Co. has started production on A8 chipsetsfor Apple's next iPhone. TSMC, the world's leading contractchip-maker, is now making A8 processors. 


According to Taipei'sCommercial Times, TSMC is handling the bulk of the orders for logicand power management integrated chips that will be featured in thehandset. The same media claims that the new iPhone is slated for thethird quarter of 2014, which has been the regular schedule for Appleso far.



TSMC have declined to comment, but itsshares managed to rise up 2.33 percent after the rumors went wild.It's not clear at the moment whether Samsung, Apple'schip-manufacturing partner to Cupertino's woe, is involved in the A8production at all. Taipei website TechNews claimed that TSMC hasbecome the sole chipset contractor to Apple. 


Still, it is more likelythat the iPhone maker has merely diversified its supply chain, as weassume that Korean media would have went ballistic if Samsung were tolose such an important contract.



source: AFP(via Google)

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28 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

They make chips for AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Intel, etc so they should be able to handle the load. They have a lot more experience than Samsung when it comes to manufacturing chips. Bigger too :)

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

These contracts worth a lot of money. Nothing Apple fans say matter. Samsung has been and still are an important component supplier to Apple. Read the writing on Apple wall. Money! Money! Money! Apple attitude towards their fans. Sucker! Sucker! Sucker!

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

lol yea, and these iFans (who don't have much knowledge of tech history) think that everything will be smooth and rosy with TSMC. They have never for the past decade and a half delivered according to their promises. With the amount of volume Apple demands, they likely will cave on the more complicated chips and Samsung will have to fill remaining capacity likely at a premium. Samsung probably doesn't have to worry about production contracts for years still.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31274; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How does that help you though? I notice you blast relentlessly at every apple article, but you don't really insult anyone like say PAPINYC, topcat, eclipsegsx, and a few others who are just here to bother and irk people, which means you must have an issue with apple. I'm just wondering, no disrespect intended, but what's your agenda/goal with your posts?

14. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

"(who don't have much knowledge of tech history)" tech history haha, seriously what the heck is this all about right? Dude this guy always has a chip on his shoulder he is best ignored

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31274; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I just wonder why he dies this every day every article.

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol, I am allowed to respond with facts if I feel like it and I clearly stated what parts are my opinion. It doesn't help me, I don't get where you got that idea from, but unlike you who is constantly cheerleading for one company, I don't feel the need to. This is actually a shot at TSMC (because they screwed up several GFX card releases in the past) so I don't get where you think this is a shot at Apple and have come so quickly to be a white knight for them. Also, it was mostly a reply to the OP which was a pretty trolly comment so likewise, any response is allowed up to straight up being a troll. If you have a problem with that, deal with it because that is just how the internet works.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31274; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No need to get defensive, I was just asking. I also cheer for google, Chevy (love that new c7 vette), m&m mars, Nike, dodge, Indy car, directv, IFBB, MLB, NFL, and my company softball team (we're only D league). Anyway thanx for the response.

23. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

probably a sammy exec lol

11. KingaSpades

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

Wrong! LOL! Just admit it. You won't be able to say that Samsung produces iPhone chips anymore. We know. It was all that you had after the announced the "Swipe Scanner" and the bandaid back on the S5. Just breathe. Let the butthurt flow through you and out of your body. Preferably over a toilet.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31274; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO can we say some are butthurt lol

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

LOL calm down, I really don't care, I called them out on it and moved on to a different brand. Sounds like you still have a lot of butthurt lodged up yours though so maybe get your boyfriend to help you out with that, I am sure he will oblige. If not do seek a doctor for that and whatever mental illness makes you try to troll so hard.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31274; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How did you call them out dude? You're not at apples HQ, you're not at TMSC HQ, you're just being a loud mouth on PA. If you really want to call them out, go to them, doing it here only gets you green thumbs, and lol's from a bunch of introverted chubby 12-18 year olds. Callouts are best done face to face, with the intention of settling something. Useless complaining is done with no intention on settling anything, just for attention. Hmmmmmm...

27. 1701nino unregistered

I'm an ifan and know alot about tech,probably more then you kid,and i love my ipad and my nexus you got an problem with that!?!And for your information the next phone i got will definetly be an iphone.Some of us just wan't a beautiful design and straight forward software that just works.Because at the end of the day i don't use or need even 60% of options that android offers,but that is something that every person must decide for hymself.My point is calling people names just because they made a choice for them selfs is retarded. Personally you got ios,wp or android its all good baby as long as you love tech and appreciate the change thats happening right now.

10. KingaSpades

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

I can tell by what you're saying that the but thirst is TREMENDOUS! LMAO! You should seek some help with that. It only gets worse from here loser.

9. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Intel ? intel has their own fabs

12. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TSMC --Control F --type Intel --profit

19. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

"on March 02, 2009" i bit old, no ? also its impossible TSMC is producing any Intel chip (including Atoms) since all of them are 22nm and TSMC is at 28nm (going to 20nm)

20. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

2. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

so can we say that new iphone will unveiled on jun ?

3. Gsizzle

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

That's not happening, Its probably going to be announced in Sept 2014. Just like all the previous iPhones.

6. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

All the previous iPhones since Steve Jobs past away.

24. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Actually the 4S was announced on Oct 4th

18. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

you can "say" the iphone will be released tomorrow :)

5. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

I hope this means samsung would focus and finaly put more effort on the exynos.. I definitely wasnt that impress by these exynos 5 chips!!

25. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

That TSMC logo is so 1960

26. galanoth07

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I hope the next iPhone will have bigger display (4.5''-5")

28. g2a5b0e unregistered

I guess no one remembers that Apple said the same thing last year. When TSMC couldn't produce the quality of chips they were looking for, they crawled back to Samsung. I'm not saying that will happen again this year, but it needed to be pointed out. Hopefully, Apple put more thought into it this time around

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