TSMC to Begin Trial Production of Apple's A6X Chip This Quarter

ifixit a6xAFP reports on claims from Taiwanese newspaper Commercial Times indicating that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is set to begin trial production of Apple's A6X chip sometime this quarter. The chip is currently used in the fourth-generation iPad introduced in October.

The Taiwanese company has been contracted to manufacture the A6X chip, which drives Apple's iPad4 tablet, with trial production set for the first quarter of this year, Taiwan's Commercial Times reported.

The move is the latest in a strings of efforts by Apple to switch mass manufacturing contracts away from Samsung, it said.

Apple has been rumored for some time to be trying to switch to TSMC for production of its A-series chips, with some reports claiming that TSMC would be coming on board late this year for next-generation chips. More recent reports have claimed that TSMC could start production for Apple as soon as the second quarter, perhaps in line with today's rumor of trial production in the first quarter of the year.

Top Rated Comments

ItsWelshy Avatar
127 months ago
I've really never understood why people continue to call Samsung's phones "cheap," as if the plastic used is terrible quality.

Beacuse they are?

Step 1: Hold Galaxy phone in hand
Step 2: Give gentle squeeze
Step 3: listen to the creaking and feel the rubbish build quality
Step 4: Put rubbish phone down, pick iPhone up
Step 5: Squeeze iPhone and observe the wonderful build quality
Step 6: Buy iPhone.
Step 7: Repeat steps 1-7 yearly
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Newton70 Avatar
127 months ago
Excellent news, Samsung can now better concentrate on making cheap, plastic phones.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
harveyhanson Avatar
127 months ago
I've really never understood why people continue to call Samsung's phones "cheap," as if the plastic used is terrible quality.

I have a galaxy note 2, 1 drop on the floor and I can now see a lot of the white bezel underneath the very thin paint coating on plastic! So yeah, I would say Samsung phones are built on the cheap, you get what you pay for, that's where the price difference of £50 came between iPhone and Galaxy Note 2 in my case, better materials...
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hayesk Avatar
127 months ago
Try this on for size

Apple still needs Samsung.

At this point tsmc cannot produce enough chips.

The key words here being "at this point". Apple can throw a billion dollars at TSMC and say "go build us a factory." In a year or two, will Apple need Samsung?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Compile 'em all Avatar
127 months ago
Bye bye, Samsung!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
irDigital0l Avatar
127 months ago
Bye bye, Samsung!

Remember what happened to 'Bye bye, Google'?

hahahaha
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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