TSMC Begins Production of A11 Processor After Initial Manufacturing Issues Resolved

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has commenced production of Apple's A11 processor, according to a new report by DigiTimes. The chip is expected to power the company's redesigned OLED "iPhone 8", scheduled to launch in the fall.

TSMC is the sole supplier of A11 chips, which could also make their way into the upgraded "S" cycle models of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and potentially upcoming iPad refreshes this year, too.


TSMC originally aimed to start producing the chip in April with a view to completing 50 million units by July, but production was delayed because of issues in the 10-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process. However, those problems have now been solved, according to today's report.

TSMC has begun 10nm chip production for Apple's next-generation iPhone 8 series, the sources said. Production was once affected by issues involving stacking components in the backend integrated fan-out packaging process, but they have already been solved, the sources said.

Apart from faster A11 processors, all three rumored iPhone models may include glass bodies and wireless charging (though rumors disagree on this point). It is unclear if the two LCD models will feature the same edge-to-edge display rumored for the higher-end device and what other features will be included.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested that production issues could result in a "severe" shortage of Apple's upcoming "tenth anniversary" OLED iPhone in the months following its rumored September launch, but other sources claim production is on schedule.

TSMC was also the sole maker of the A10 chip in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which helped lead the chip maker to revenue growth towards the end of 2016.

Tags: TSMC, A11 chip

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42 months ago

Utter domination in chip performance. Yet, Apple is not innovating.

Schiller must be banging his head on a wall.

It's an absurd state of affairs isn't it? The very basis of differentiation for iOS devices going forward is going to be integration of iOS with Apple's developed-in-house chips (Tx,Wx,Ax, etc) but the tech "journalists" can't seem to get over the fact that Apple hasn't stuck a ****ing speaker in people's house within a few months Amazon/Google doing it.

What a world. :rolleyes:
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42 months ago
I secretly wished that A10 and iOS 10 made it onto the 10th anniversary iPhones - all 10's.
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42 months ago
Utter domination in chip performance. Yet, Apple is not innovating.

Schiller must be banging his head on a wall.
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42 months ago

It's an absurd state of affairs isn't it? The very basis of differentiation for iOS devices going forward is going to be integration of iOS with Apple's developed-in-house chips (Tx,Wx,Ax, etc) but the tech "journalists" can't seem to get over the fact that Apple hasn't stuck a ****ing speaker in people's house within a few months Amazon/Google doing it.

What a world. :rolleyes:

It's weird how much people relate appearances to innovation as well. Apple could make a huge leap in hardware and performance, but if it looked similar to the current iPhone it'd get criticised.
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42 months ago

Utter domination in chip performance. Yet, Apple is not innovating.

Schiller must be banging his head on a wall.

Tell me about it.

Aside from this, I'd say the Airpods were the most innovative product of last year yet they went under the radar without so much as a blip.

Shame.
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42 months ago

This is one of the most concise—yet accurate—assessments I've seen around here. That being said, Siri really needs to get it's crap together. I expect that to happen in a few weeks.

Seeing as they've been working with a team in Cambridge for the last 3 years on Siri, I expect a massive overhaul at WWDC as well.
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