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.
Project “Azalea” could be Apple’s attempt to replace Samsung as its processor manufacturer
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.
More money will be spent on cellphone components than PC components in 2013
According to a new report published by IC Insights, more money is going to be spent on the parts that make up mobile phones than the parts that make up personal computers in 2013. Their exact numbers: $65.1 billion will be spent on PC components next year, whereas mobile phone component spend is expected to hit $70.7 billion.
DigiTimes: Samsung and TSMC are going to start producing 20 nm chips in 2013
According to our favorite Taiwanese supply chain rumor website DigiTimes, here's what we can expect in 2013: Samsung is going to jump to 20 nanometer technology while simultaneously building factories that can produce 14 nanometer transistors. TSMC is also going to make 20 nanometer chips, but production is going to start in the second half of the year.
Apple reportedly going to replace Samsung chips with TSMC CPUs next year
There’s probably no greater rivalry in the mobile space right now than the one between Apple and Samsung, although one could argue that the Apple vs Google battle is also quite important for the mobile market.