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Samsung Reportedly Drops Out of Apple's A8 Chip Production Over Low Yields

tsmcApple may rely on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) for the entirety of its A8 processor production in 2014, claims a report from TechNews Taiwan [Google Translate] (via G 4 Games). Samsung allegedly was dropped as a manufacturer because of low yields in its 20 nm manufacturing process for the A-series processor, while TSMC was able to meet Apple's demands.

The Wall Street Journal reported back in June 2013 that TSMC may provide some A-series chips for the Apple's iOS devices in a manufacturing agreement starting in 2014. TSMC was expected to handle up to 70 percent of the manufacturing load, while Samsung would pick up the rest. Production problems may, however, have resulted in Samsung being removed completely from the A8 supply chain.

According to the report, this shift away from Samsung for the A8 processor is not expected to affect production of the A9 processor in 2015. An earlier report suggested Samsung and TSMC may share the production of the A9, with Samsung supplying approximately 40% of Apple's 14-nm A9 chip family in 2015. This latest report claims Apple may start A9 production with TSMC and its 16 nm process and then shift to Samsung and its 14 nm process when the Korean company can meet demand.

Apple's A8 chip is expected to make its public appearance later this year in new iPhone and iPad models.

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11 months ago
Apple will move away from Samsung sooner or later.

When that happens, Samsung will no longer have the advantage over other Android makers on knowing what Apple is going to make.
Rating: 21 Votes
11 months ago

Apple will move away from Samsung sooner or later.

When that happens, Samsung will no longer have the advantage over other Android makers on knowing what Apple is going to make.


What if I told you that, currently, Apple copies more than others?

It's Apple that should be afraid of not knowing what Samsung and Google are going to do.

Have you seen iOS 7? I'd count how many parts of that OS is a copy of Android, but it'd be a waste of my time.
Rating: 16 Votes
11 months ago
Am I the only one who thinks TSMC has a horrible logo?

:rolleyes:
Rating: 13 Votes
11 months ago
For some reason I think that Samesung will be able to meet demands for themselves at the 20nm process.
Rating: 11 Votes
11 months ago

What if I told you that, currently, Apple copies more than others?

It's Apple that should be afraid of not knowing what Samsung and Google are going to do.

Have you seen iOS 7? I'd count how many parts of that OS is a copy of Android, but it'd be a waste of my time.



Android ripped of IOS totally

Nuff said



Rating: 11 Votes
11 months ago

Am I the only one who thinks TSMC has a horrible logo?

:rolleyes:


I dunno, I think it looks fine on my Power Macintosh. Did you try re-downloading the page? What browser do you have? (I'm on Netscape Communicator)
Rating: 10 Votes
11 months ago

Be careful what you wish for, it doesn't always turn out the way one likes. :) If Samsung is having yield issues, I can only imagine what the second tier suppliers are having.


If you believe this article, TSMC is doing better than Samsung.
Rating: 10 Votes
11 months ago

"A8" is not a very good sounding name.


Audi would disagree with you:D They've made a fair penny with the "A" series. They've had A1-8.


Yeah, terrible name for something :confused:

Rating: 9 Votes
11 months ago

With Samsung responsible for less than 9% of the components in any Apple device, I'm not sure where you're getting this from.


People and their love for percentages... What if those "less than 9% of the components" are the most vital parts of the device that others either cannot deliver in sufficient amounts or cannot deliver at all?

As a general response to many of the other posts: Samsung and Apple are corporations, not sentient beings, not football clubs, not artists or musicians or poets, writers, movie directors or actors. They're just giant machines whose only purpose is to make money for their shareholders, and thus they don't deserve any fan base. You're arguing about disposable and easily replaceable superfluous consumer goods and their manufacturers as if your life depended on them.
Rating: 9 Votes
11 months ago

A Samsung-free iOS device... the sooner the better.


Be careful what you wish for, it doesn't always turn out the way one likes. :) If Samsung is having yield issues, I can only imagine what the second tier suppliers are having.
Rating: 8 Votes

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