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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Top Rated Comments

Consultant Avatar
135 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.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
davidcmc Avatar
135 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.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
keterboy Avatar
135 months ago
Am I the only one who thinks TSMC has a horrible logo?

:rolleyes:
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PlanetFree Avatar
135 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



Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
luckydcxx Avatar
135 months ago
For some reason I think that Samesung will be able to meet demands for themselves at the 20nm process.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lone Deranger Avatar
135 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.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)