Samsung's Exclusive Contract for iOS Device Chips Expiring in June as A7 for iPhone 6 Heads to TSMC?

tsmcTaiwan's Economic Daily News reports [Google translation, via Mac Otakara] that "high-ranking officials" at Samsung have disclosed that the firm has yet to receive orders for an A7 chip to be used in the iPhone 6 next year. The lack of contact with Apple about an A7 chip is reportedly leading to speculation at Samsung that Apple has shifted its orders for the chip to Taiwan Semiconductor Company (TSMC).

According to the report, Apple and Samsung are currently operating under an exclusive supply contract for A-series chips, but that contract is set to expire in June. With that expiration, Apple will be able to shift production to TSMC, which is pressing forward on plans for its smaller and more efficient 20-nanometer process. TSMC is said to be about two months ahead of schedule on beginning installation of production equipment for 20-nm chips.

Today's report is in line with previous rumors claiming that Apple and TSMC have essentially completed the initial design for a 20-nm A7 chip with shipments currently scheduled for early next year.

As we noted previously, assuming that rumors of a 2014 launch for a 20-nm A7 chip are accurate, Apple will need to use a different solution for its 2013 iOS device models, with options including a die shrink of the current A6 chip from 32-nm to 28-nm, a more substantially revamped A6 chip, or an early A7 chip based on a 28-nm process.

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samcraig Avatar
115 months ago
Hope this is true. Once Apple moves manufacturing of essential parts to other companies, Samsung will no longer have the benefit of figuring out Apple's iOS roadmap.
Do tell me how they can figure out a roadmap based on a chip order?

Do you have any idea how manufacturing works?

ETA: I'm also not sure why some people are so eager for Samsung to stop supplying parts to Apple. Aren't their screens and SSDs/etc notably the ones people "fight" to get vs macs and devices that have other competitors components. I'm pretty sure this forum is riddled with people who have spoken how samsung's parts are superior.
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Radio Avatar
115 months ago
It's amazing to be for all the hate that Samsung gets they provide the brains of our beloved iPhones.

Let's all give them a thank you!

Thank you Samsung for working with Apple! :)
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nick_elt Avatar
115 months ago
That is good news.

please explain why? just because Samsung isnt making it? you know whats really funny is its prob the only part of the iphone that's made in the US and it will prob be made offshore now.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Consultant Avatar
115 months ago
Hope this is true. Once Apple moves manufacturing of essential parts to other companies, Samsung will no longer have the benefit of figuring out Apple's iOS roadmap.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shrink Avatar
115 months ago
I'm still shocked Samsung has been supplying Apple for the past year with the lawsuit and all. "Apple needs Samsung and Samsung needs Apple" is BS.

Let me guess...Apple doesn't need anybody, right??

The fact that Samsung is an important Apple supplier means nothing...Apple rules the world, so any supplier would kill to supply Apple...right?

:rolleyes:
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
samcraig Avatar
115 months ago
There's no evidence there would be any impact on iPhones if their SoC was manufactured by some other company who offered Apple a lower price for the deal. It's not like Samsung designed the chip, they only manufacture it.

That would be like thanking Foxconn for Apple products being pretty.
Yes. They "only" manufacture the chip. By all means - marginalize that:rolleyes:
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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