TSMC rumored to run trials building A6X as Apple moves away from Samsung

TSMC rumored to run trials building A6X as Apple moves away from Samsung
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), the company that practically gave the start to fabless manufacturing, is now rumored to be ready to start orders for Apple’s A6X chips and gradually replace Samsung as Cupertino’s chip maker.

TSMC is the biggest semiconductor foundry in the world, and the trials will test whether it will be able to meet the huge demand for Apple chips. The particular chip in question, the Apple A6X is what Cupertino introduced in the fourth-generation iPad.

Interestingly, TSMC is also rumored to be contracted to make 20nm quad-core chips for future Apple devices. Devices like the iPad are expected to use such silicon, while the iPhone is more likely to remain on a dual-core architecture.

source: Commercial Times via 9to5Mac

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41 Comments

1. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Who cares, and good Samsung dosen't need or want you, get lost Apple!

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I guarantee u, u don't speak for Samsung. U speak for childlike apple hating android fans.

10. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Boom! TROLL is an android troll and speaks with bias...i have seen enough of his posts to know I or anyone else shouldnt be fuelling him :) He is high as it is!

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol phenom whatup happy New Years. Notice I said childlike lol. Your right bro.

28. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Happy New Year to you too mate!

40. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Smmaaaaart boy™

18. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

TROLL? #ignoremodeon, #nofcukgiven

31. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Barely 30% of Samsung phones get Samsung chip. Good now there will be more phones getting Sammy chips. Don't forget sammy has vertical integration and is not a company which buys ckd's and then have the same "assembled" and then sold as a product with a new logo. I am sure you would also agree that there's more money in finished product rather than in components of finished products. So in a way it's good for Samsung. It's not that suddenly a vacuum would be created on demand side and there would be too much of a surplus left with Samsung factories like most of these articles make it sound :)

39. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Speak for Samsung and Android. What did Steve blwjb say, that...He wants to eliminate Android!Speak wisely™®©

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

U sit on the couch and throw out disses against apple, but this is the real world buddy, the business world And in the business world I 100% guarantee you Samsung does not want to lose apples business, that would be like Footlocker wanting to lose Nikes business...please!!!

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Meh. Don't be so sure that Sammy doesn't want to lose Apple's business. I suspect Apple managed to squeeze Sammy's margins pretty hard when the contract was negotiated back in 2007. Sammy's smartphone business is all about replacing low margin orders from Apple with high margin internal orders for Sammy GS units. Sammy is doing just fine without Apple's business.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I didn't say they'd crash n burn with out apple Doug. However I don't think they actually want to lose those billions either bro

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Droid you know as well as I do that most people commenting on this article are Apple hating android users they can't see 12 inches past the phone that they're using I am not speaking as a silly fanboy I am speaking as a techie from a business standpoint Samsung does not want to lose apples revenue they simply don't they can live without it. They can thrive without it but Apple generates money for the economy and no economy wants to take a hit I've read enough of your articles enough of your comments I mean to know how intelligent you are and I know you know where I'm coming from

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

U along with phenom Are the android users whose opinions I respect the most and whose commentary I look to read the most. People like troll meocao and billybuttpounder r jokes that I laugh at and move on

29. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Respect given back bro! Billy Buttpounder?!! Who or what the heck is that? seriously who would call themselves Billy Buttpounder :) That is the most pathetically humorous thing I have read in a long while :)

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude check some of the weeks recent articles, and you'll find him. He's another Troll bro

13. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

You guys may call him a troll and whatnot, but he's actually right that Samsung doesn't need Apple as they were still one of the top tech giants without them. On top of that, Samsung is not likely to let Apple have access to its foundry plants anymore.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What do mean without them? They still have them as a partner...for now.

30. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

clm down sonny boy! I am an android too but the way TROLL talks does nothing but give a bad name to android users! I like talkin a bit of trash too when I am in the mood but I always substantiate my claims. Moreover TROLL's rght in the fact that Sammy doesn't need Apple at all and it doesn't even create a dent to Sammy's overall revenue (read my post further below to Shino's comment) but the way TROLL says itis way off base...if you wanna do something do it in a way it earns you credibility is all what I am sayin...if TROLL wants to talk trash at least talk it in style mate ::)

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said bro. And agreed with.

2. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Buahaha! Sorry Sansunk, half of your business will be down when Apple goes away. You made it yourself. And with a billion dollars fine, definetely not good.

4. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Samsung was a major tech giant before they even entered a partnership with Apple you dumbass.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's true Samsung will lose a ton of business losing apple, as apple is still extremely popular. However apple will lose a great chip maker, but I think this will hurt Samsung more.

7. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Half? About mobile department is accounted for 5 over 7.6 billion profit of Samsung (Electronics) in the last quarter so how much going from semiconductor plant? And the obvious fact is that TSMC cannot set up new plant for such that huge demand from Apple soprevious TSMC's customers will move to Samsung due to the same market demand. And i think it's not very strange if you cannot understand that easy fact

12. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

ok i m gonna let your comment slide as you obviously dont know what you're talking about! samsung is a geocentric conglomerate of gargantuan proportions! it is one of the few companies on the planet that has a self-sustaining ecosystem for whatever it makes and only a few companies can match up to samsung in its field like huawei, ericsson, ibm, motorola (not mobility) and a few others. these companies are way above the league of apple or any othe mobile manufacturer simply because the latter are product manufacturers and not true tech companies meaning companies like apple, zte, sony only make innovations in their product field which are not true tech innovations becuase if they were they would become industry benchmarks and would be adopted by others. i dont know how much of what i am saying can you comprehend but lets just say buddy the billion that sammy lost and the business it'll lose to Apple in true life terms is an amount that Sammy wont spend 24 hours thinking over because they'll make more in the time they spend thinking about this...this loss is negligible to companies like Sammy, Moto and the few others listed above. Also it would be real dandy if you could pull your head out of your butt-pucker :)

20. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

samsung won't even really care. they are a big company with lots of products to sale. well, looks like apple gonna have a long trip of out of stock, because i don't really think TSMC can keep up the way samsung can

23. wendygarett unregistered

Tsmc itself is also busying to make Qualcomm and nvidia chips... Remember the snapdragon s4 shortages happen early?

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And what's your proof of all this. I noticed u said think.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This could b a smart move by apple, or it could hurt them. On one hand Samsung is a helluva chip maker, on the other these two giants have become enemies...and u shouldn't lie in bed with your enemy. I reluctantly applaud apple for this move, but they'd better have their based covered, as Samsung is about the best there is at building chips. I wish this once great partnership could b salvaged, but sadly I don't think it can, or will be.

8. wendygarett unregistered

The only smart move that Apple need to do is to outsource their chips to American chips manufacturer in order to create job for American... Not 100% to Asia... Texas instrument is the best place... Amazon kindle fire able to use ti omap as well as RIM bb10... Why not Apple? Surely ti able to make Apple chips lol

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