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TSMC Now Shipping A-Series Processors to Apple for Future iOS Devices

tsmc_logo_newChip manufacturing company TSMC started shipping processors to Apple in Q2 2014, reports the Wall Street Journal. After exclusively sourcing its processors from Samsung, Apple last year struck a deal with TSMC that would see the manufacturer begin supplying A-series chips for Apple's iOS devices.

Apple's deal with TSMC is a win-win situation for both companies with Apple reducing its reliance on Samsung for iOS device components and TSMC receiving a boost financially from Apple's hardware orders.
The development means Apple doesn't have to rely solely on Samsung for microprocessors, a critical component that controls applications running in smartphones and tablets. By securing an additional supplier, Apple will have more leverage when it comes to price negotiations with its chip suppliers in the future. Through the deal, TSMC adds a high-profile customer that could help support expensive research investments the manufacturer needs to move to advanced technology and will likely boost its overall revenue this year, analysts said.
In line with previous reports, TSMC allegedly began mass producing chips for Apple using its 20-nanometer process earlier this year and is working with the company on future 16-nanometer designs. Apple also is rumored to be working with Samsung on next year's A9 processor which could use a 14-nanometer design.

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3 weeks ago

Awesome news, but not because of that Samsung BS related with trials.

It is awesome news because samsung is getting behind (still in 28?), Intel is having lots of trouble with going 14 nm.

So TSMC is by far the best option, 20 nm is going to be the most viable option for a long time. Of course, Samsung electronics seeing a 30 % YoY profit decline, 3rd quarter in a row of decline in profits, and blaming most of it on Samsung Mobile (smartphones, tablets, computers) is good, but it's time to take a dig at those manufacturing plants too.

God, a big screen iPhone (2 models) and suddenly looks like Samsung Mobile, maybe even Samsung Eletronics in itself will feel a lot of pain in the next 2 years. "How to go from 9 billion $ in a quarter to 2 billion $ in a year."

Great. Less stupid Galaxy ads.


Wanting Apple to succeed is great. Wanting Samsung to fail is childish.
Rating: 12 Votes
3 weeks ago

Wanting Apple to succeed is great. Wanting Samsung to fail is childish.


call me a child then

it would be worth it only to see these spectacularly inane ads be halted
maybe this will stop people from calling me stupid because i have an iphone and their samsung is so much better, after all who knows how much such marketing actually alienates people in the end
Rating: 10 Votes
3 weeks ago
Awesome news, but not because of that Samsung BS related with trials.

It is awesome news because samsung is getting behind (still in 28?), Intel is having lots of trouble with going 14 nm.

So TSMC is by far the best option, 20 nm is going to be the most viable option for a long time. Of course, Samsung electronics seeing a 30 % YoY profit decline, 3rd quarter in a row of decline in profits, and blaming most of it on Samsung Mobile (smartphones, tablets, computers) is good, but it's time to take a dig at those manufacturing plants too.

God, a big screen iPhone (2 models) and suddenly looks like Samsung Mobile, maybe even Samsung Eletronics in itself will feel a lot of pain in the next 2 years. "How to go from 9 billion $ in a quarter to 2 billion $ in a year."

Great. Less stupid Galaxy ads.
Rating: 8 Votes
3 weeks ago

Wanting Apple to succeed is great. Wanting Samsung to fail is childish.


I guess I'm childish then. Samsung is a garbage scummy company for a number of reasons. I hope they crash and burn and someone like HTC takes their place as top android manufacturer.
Rating: 8 Votes
3 weeks ago

Wanting Apple to succeed is great. Wanting Samsung to fail is childish.


Unfortunately, for companies that I admire (for various reasons), Samsung must fail in order for them to succeed. I agree that it shouldn't be a reason in Apple's case, but it is what it is.

Then, there's the whole corruption thing, bad products and lack of support. For that, I want Samsung to be knocked down nicely.
Rating: 6 Votes
3 weeks ago

Why can't an American company make a viable mobile processor? We have MIT, Caltech, let's make this work people...


I am not aware of CPUs that aren't designed by a US company. Apple (an American company) designs the A series SOCs that are based on ARM (technically a European company, but the designs are all done here) designs. Many of the A-Series SOCs makes for Apple are actually made in US foundries.

Intel, NVIDIA, QualComm are all based in California.
Rating: 5 Votes
3 weeks ago
Gosh, how I hate that logo...
Rating: 3 Votes
3 weeks ago

Actually iPhones have a relatively little amount of parts made by Samsung. If TSMC supplies the processor for iPhones, Apple can make a phone without a single Samsung part.


OK. I'll hope that TSMC can actually deliver volume and quality. I'm skeptical. Why? The same movie has already run with Apple switching part orders from Samsung to LG and Sharp for screens and from Samsung to various suppliers for SSDs. Inevitably, the alternatives don't seem to be "the good one" as evidenced in various threads with people "hoping to get the Samsung " when swapping out an Apple device. I rarely see people "hoping to get the LG one" or "hoping to get the Sharp one". It seems to almost always be "hoping to get the Samsung one".

Is TSMC able to build A processors as good as Samsung? Or is TSMC a variant of the LG and Sharp alternatives for parts again? We'll see soon enough.
Rating: 2 Votes
3 weeks ago
28 nanometers now, 20 for the A8, maybey 16 or 14 for the A9. I think we are running out of nanometers... I am wondering what the next technology will be since clearly you cannot go much lower on the nanometer scale. I would imagine that they are already having a hard time keeping electrons from jumping. When are those quantum chips going to come out?
Rating: 2 Votes
3 weeks ago

Why can't an American company make a viable mobile processor? We have MIT, Caltech, let's make this work people...


Define "making". Apple designs the most advanced ARM chip there is. Intel signs and manufactures mobile viable processors.

I don't get it. Then again, explain rationally why does it matter the nationality of the company in question. Apple is a global company and that's it. Thankfully, they think globally.

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It's just a matter of investing a few billion dollars. And probably some more to do a major amount of catching up. And the problem is, in that kind of business you have to be the best or close to the best, or you don't make any money at all.


What? Almost every chip used is designed in the US.
Rating: 2 Votes

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