Who will make the processor for the iPhone 6? Due to Apple’s bitter-sweet relationship with Samsung the Cupertino company is looking to shift some of its chip manufacturing to TSMC.
According to a report from the Korea Economic Daily, Samsung is set to pair back up with Apple in order to supply 14nm Apple A9 chips for a next generation iPhone, which should be released sometime in 2015.
With 20nm processors expected to land in 2014, TSMC has stated that performance could be up 30%, whilst improving energy efficiency by 25%.
TSMC will make some of the chips going into Apple’s products starting with 2014. But Samsung will still provide Apple with processors in 2014, as well as displays and memory modules.
ARM and TSMC have issued a press released stating that the new Cortex-A57 chip has reached the “tape out” stage and is now ready for mass production.
Panasonic is said to be considering selling its smartphone business, a report in the Japanese press says. What’s even more interesting is that potential customers are said to be HTC and TSMC.
In a note to clients concerning TSMC , JPMorgan Rick Hsu says that the he expects Samsung to offer at least two distinct versions of the Galaxy S4.
According to DigiTimes, Qualcomm has received chip samples from UMC. If they like them, then they’ll make UMC their second chip fab partner. So why do this now?
At the moment Samsung is responsible for making the ARM processors which power Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices. Apple is seeking to find other suppliers and it looks like the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) will start trial production of Apple’s latest CPU, the A6X, which powers the fourth generation iPad.
According to various rumors the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) wants to build a new 3.2-million-square-foot factory so that it can take over ARM chip production for Apple. The move would lessen Apple’s dependence on Samsung.