TSMC reportedly beats Samsung again, securing Apple A13 chip orders for 2019 iPhones

TSMC reportedly beats Samsung again, securing Apple A13 chip orders for 2019 iPhones
The world’s largest chipmaker, which just so happens to be the global leader of the smartphone market as well, was rumored a few months ago to take charge of Apple A13 production for use on 2019 iPhones.

But even though this year’s A12-powered iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR have barely seen daylight a couple of weeks back, with the lower-cost variant yet to actually go on sale, Apple may have already decided to stick with TSMC for its next big mobile SoC.

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company would thus be able to consolidate its domination over the global pure-play foundry market after being chosen as the exclusive manufacturer of Apple’s A12, A11, and A10 processors these past few years.

Previously, TSMC shared A9 orders with Samsung, which was in turn solely responsible for the making of the Apple-designed A7, A6, A5, and A4 chips. 

In addition to the Cupertino-based leader of worldwide smartphone profits, TSMC is expected to score contracts from AMD, Huawei, MediaTek, NVIDIA, and even Qualcomm thanks to the superiority of the company’s 7nm process technology over Samsung’s own next-gen node for high-power, high-efficiency flagship mobile devices.

Interestingly, unnamed “supply chain sources” quoted by Digitimes today still claim Samsung has been able to secure orders from Qualcomm as well, possibly suggesting the Snapdragon 8150 will have two architects instead of one. 

The Snapdragon 845, 835, 821, and 820 were all made by Samsung, while TSMC last handled the production of a high-end Qualcomm SoC back in 2014 for the Snapdragon 808 and 810.

Samsung will obviously continue manufacturing its own Exynos chips from the ground up, which may not stop TSMC’s rise from a 56 percent share in the independent semiconductor foundry business during the first half of 2018 to over 60 percent next year.

Since the 7nm-based Apple A12 Bionic chip already makes the iPhone XS and XS Max blazing fast, as well as reasonably frugal, the sky is the limit in terms of expectations for next year’s no doubt refined 7nm-based A13 silicon.

source: Digitimes

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25 Comments

1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I take this "with a grain of salt" as we hear the same thing every year. Then as expected Apple can't meet demand because there is not enough capacity at TSMC and "Bam!" Apple calls on Samsung again. So, lets wait and see.

2. toukale

Posts: 599; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Not this time. They did not share the A11 or the A12 so why would it change with the A13. TSMC have aligned themselves to give Apple first option with everything. So, unless Apple mess up their expectations and there are more demands than anticipated, I don't see TSMC having capacity issues this time.

13. midan

Posts: 2491; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

You are little bit too late, they left Samsung chip with X already, i don't think Samsung coming back.

3. OneLove123

Posts: 665; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I don’t think Samsung cares. It’s not like they’re losing money. They just made like 8billions last quarter without Apple.

4. rantao333

Posts: 343; Member since: May 21, 2013

they do care, infact, samsung care the most for apple, 35% of their revenue are coming from making components for apple in 2017

5. toukale

Posts: 599; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Don't bring your facts here, let the fanatics thinks businesses think and act like they do.

7. Sakeem

Posts: 856; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

The 35% is not just from making Apple's A series chips though right? Doesn't that include the screens and other components. They made about $110 off of every X sold. So that number may dip a little this year but I don't think they will be hurting for money either.

23. Trex95

Posts: 2315; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

The OLED panel of iPhone X alone cost $110 nit all components and Samsung made $5 billion out of screen only.

24. Marcwand3l

Posts: 381; Member since: May 08, 2017

I highly doubt that 35% of Samsung's revenue comes from selling components to apple. Samsung started to have record revenue and profits before they started to make OLED screens for app and after they stooped making the A9 SOC's.

6. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 575; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Samsung makes how many parts of an iPhone, they can lose out on somethings.

9. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

1 part.

17. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 575; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

No duh.

22. ray200976

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

They make display and also dram memory is some iPhones as well. This is why as much we hear them battle they still do business.

8. torr310

Posts: 1610; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Samsung could turn to make more of their own Exynos and sell to Chinese phone makers.

18. chris2k5

Posts: 181; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Why would Chinese phone makers want an inferior chip?

10. Nimbus

Posts: 436; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

SD8150 will have 2 architect instead of one,will keep an on this thing.Let see what that EUV process over Tsmc process is all about.

11. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Tsmc power hungry chipshttps://youtu.be/RF6-eLoNwZQ Sd855 crushed a12

15. sissy246

Posts: 6910; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Not according to this site and their fanboys.

21. whatev

Posts: 2088; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Not according to other tests done on YouTube

12. whatev

Posts: 2088; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Poor Samsung, its cashcow left them :(

14. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

You dumb or suppen?

16. whatev

Posts: 2088; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Take this tissue, keep crying :(

19. chris2k5

Posts: 181; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

WAH WAH SAMESUNG CRY MORE

20. mootu

Posts: 1338; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"thanks to the superiority of the company’s 7nm process technology over Samsung’s own next-gen node for high-power, high-efficiency flagship mobile devices." This comment alone proves whoever wrote this is does not have a clue what they are talking about. Probably some Apple fanboy who hates anything associated with Samsung.

26. Marcwand3l

Posts: 381; Member since: May 08, 2017

>TSMC is expected to score contracts from AMD, Huawei, MediaTek, NVIDIA, and even Qualcomm thanks to the superiority of the company’s 7nm process technology over Samsung’s own next-gen node for high-power, high-efficiency flagship mobile devices.

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