Samsung to Assist with Production of Apple's Next-Generation A8 Chip

apple_a7Back in June, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) struck a three-year deal with Apple to produce A-series chips for iOS devices beginning in 2014. The move was seen as part of Apple's strategy of moving away from rival Samsung for component supplies, although Samsung was soon after reported to have landed its own deal to once again produce chips beginning with the A9 in 2015.

According to Korean news outlet Hankyung [Google Translate] (via The Verge), Samsung will also remain involved in next year's A8 chip family, with TSMC handling 60 to 70 percent of the manufacturing load and Samsung picking up the remainder.

Today's rumor about the A8 chip still makes it unclear as to whether TSMC and Samsung will both produce A9 chips for Apple in 2015, but it seems that Apple is working hard to diversify its supplier relationships and will be drawing on both TSMC and Samsung for the foreseeable future as the two companies compete to push their technology forward.

A look into the A7 processor last week revealed that Samsung was indeed the manufacturer for the chip, with the chip produced at a smaller 28-nm node compared to the 32-nm A6. Currently, the A7 chip is used in the iPhone 5s, and an updated "A7X" version of the chip is almost certainly set to arrive in Apple’s next-generation iPad and perhaps an upcoming iPad mini with Retina display.

Top Rated Comments

samcraig Avatar
96 months ago

Is this necessary?


Actually it is. It points out the hypocrisy of some. Clearly I meant it in jest. But maybe some people will realize how silly it is for them to be so spiteful when in fact they benefit from their existence.
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samcraig Avatar
96 months ago

I hope this doesn't turn out like the MBP retina display business where non-Samsung panels had yellow spot issue.


...or how many samsung "haters" will demand to have a iDevice that does NOT have a Samsung chip in it ;)
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ventilatedbrain Avatar
96 months ago
and why shouldnt they..i mean they are doing a good job and business is business..
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bobenhaus Avatar
96 months ago

Apple really needs their own fabs.

Come on Apple, they're only like $5 billion.


Why? Samsung makes the best mobile chips in the world. Its a good thing Apple knows what they are doing and not taking directions from Macrumors. :)
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macse30 Avatar
96 months ago
Multiple suppliers. Less dependency. More competition. Smart Apple.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
musika Avatar
96 months ago
Boom! Begin the iPhone 6 rumors.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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