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TSMC Founder Morris Chang to Retire in June 2018 as Apple's Chip Partner Plans World's First 3nm Fab

Monday October 2, 2017 6:37 am PDT by
Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has announced today that its founder and chairman Morris Chang will be stepping down from all leadership positions effective June 2018, immediately following the annual shareholders meeting taking place that month (via DigiTimes and Reuters). Following Chang, TSMC will fall under the dual leadership of Mark Liu and C.C. Wei, with the...

Apple's Chip Partner TSMC Shares Details on 7nm Node and Advanced InFO Package Process for 2018

Friday September 15, 2017 11:43 am PDT by
At the Open Innovation Platform Ecosystem Forum in Santa Clara on Wednesday, chip foundry TSMC provided an update (via EE Times) on the progress of its forthcoming technology nodes, several of which would be candidates for upcoming Apple chips. Most notably, the company's first 7-nanometer process node has already had several tape-outs (finalized designs) and expects to reach volume capacity in...

Multiple Apple Suppliers Share Revenue Reports Ahead of 'Peak' iPhone and Apple Watch Season

Monday August 14, 2017 6:24 am PDT by
A collection of Apple suppliers have shared revenue reports today, which also provide a glimpse into the upcoming "peak" iPhone and Apple Watch manufacturing season. Starting off, Foxconn looked back at its profits in July and reported consolidated revenues of NT$315.06 billion (US$10.62 billion) for the month, which marks an increase of 7.53 percent year-on-year. For the first seven months of...

TSMC Rumored to Be Sole Supplier of A-Series iPhone Chips in 2018

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:24 am PDT by
Earlier this week, a report by The Korea Herald suggested that Samsung Electronics could be returning as a supplier for the so-called A12 chip in 2018's line of iPhones, after being removed from the A-series chip supply chain in 2016 and 2017, years in which Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company took on all of the orders. Now, industry observers reported upon by DigiTimes are predicting that ...

Samsung Rumored to Return to iPhone Chip Production in 2018

Tuesday July 18, 2017 4:58 am PDT by
Samsung Electronics will return to producing chips for Apple in next year's iPhone lineup, according to a new report today by The Korea Herald. Before, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company held the sole supplier responsibility of providing Apple's A10 chip in the iPhone 7, as well as the A11 chip in the upcoming iPhone 8, but now today's report references a "crucial deal" made between...

TSMC Sources Claim 'iPhone 8' Will Have Touch ID Integrated into Display

Friday May 26, 2017 3:53 am PDT by
Apple has successfully finalized a solution to integrate Touch ID fingerprint recognition directly into the display of its upcoming "iPhone 8", according to a new report on Friday. Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) said it spoke to sources from Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), who apparently confirmed Apple's achievement during a technology convention...

TSMC Begins Production of A11 Processor After Initial Manufacturing Issues Resolved

Thursday May 11, 2017 4:10 am PDT by
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...

TSMC Drops Out of Race to Acquire Toshiba Flash Unit, Foxconn Highest Bidder

Friday April 7, 2017 2:35 am PDT by
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has withdrawn its offer for Toshiba's highly sought-after NAND flash memory business, leaving major Apple supplier Hon Hai in the driving seat to acquire the unit. Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, has offered up the highest bid so far, with almost 3 trillion Japanese yen ($30 billion) said to be on the table, according to Japanese paper Asahi...

TSMC to Begin Production of 'iPhone 8' and 'iPhone 7s' A11 Chip in April

Monday March 27, 2017 5:33 am PDT by
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will begin volume production on Apple's A11 chip in April, with a production capacity of 50 million units of the chip aimed to be completed before July. The A11 chip is slated to power the new iPhone lineup launching later in 2017, including what is believed to be iterative "iPhone 7s" and "iPhone 7s Plus" updates, along with the specced-out "iPhone 8." ...

New Apple Product Expectations See AAPL and Supplier Shares Surge to Record Highs

Tuesday March 21, 2017 3:02 am PDT by
Shares in Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) hit an all-time high on Tuesday, coming on the back of record spikes in Apple's share price over the last rontew trading days. TSMC share price rose to 195 New Taiwan Dollars, up NT$3.5 or 1.83 percent on the Taiwan Stock Exchange, breaking a previous record set in October 2016. Shares in other Apple parts suppliers in Asia also rallied ...

TSMC Won't Make Official Decision About Building U.S. Plant Until 2018

Monday March 20, 2017 5:25 am PDT by
Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company won't make a decision about moving some of its chip manufacturing into the United States until sometime in 2018, according to company spokesperson Michael Kramer (via Reuters). Although recent reports have focused on Foxconn's potential move stateside for Apple-specific iPhone manufacturing, TSMC chairman Morris Chang in January...

Foxconn and TSMC Team Up to Bid on Toshiba's NAND Flash Unit

Tuesday March 7, 2017 9:22 am PST by
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and Foxconn, two companies who work with Apple, are teaming up to place a bid for a stake in Toshiba's memory chip unit according to Chinese site Liberty Times (via DigiTimes). The partnership could perhaps give TSMC and Foxconn the tools to gain a serious foothold in the flash memory market that's currently dominated by Samsung. Via the...

Share Prices Surge for iPhone Chip Maker TSMC Following Record Profits

Tuesday November 8, 2016 1:29 am PST by
Shares in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) have climbed to their highest level on record, bucking a global slowdown in the smartphone market. Bloomberg reports that TSMC's profits are attracting investors as demand for Apple's new iPhones fuels orders for its A10 processor on the back of a broader rally in technology companies over this year. The world’s largest...

TSMC Breaks Earnings Records Thanks to Increasing Demand for iPhone 7

Thursday October 13, 2016 6:19 am PDT by
Thanks to a boost from supplying parts for the increasing demand of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has raised its forecast for 2016. Specifically, the manufacturer expects a revenue growth of between 11 and 12 percent, whereas it was previously holding out only for an increase of between 5 and 10 percent for the year (via Reuters). Third quarter net...

Intel and Apple Already in Talks Over ARM-Based Chips for Future iOS Devices

Friday August 26, 2016 7:55 am PDT by
Intel's new licensing deal allowing it to manufacture ARM-based chips for smartphones could win over Apple as a customer in as little as two years, placing pressure on current A-series chip manufacturer TSMC, according to Nikkei Asian Review. The report cited analysts that believe Intel could supply Apple with at least a portion of tentatively named A12 chips for iPhones in 2018, following...

How TSMC Won Back Exclusivity With Apple for the A10 Chip in iPhone 7

Wednesday August 10, 2016 2:05 pm PDT by
Last year, MacRumors covered the potential reasoning for Apple's rumored return to having a single partner for Apple A-series chip production with the A10 after having both Samsung and TSMC produce versions of the Apple A9. Since then, TSMC confirmed in conference call comments that its chip packaging changes have led to improvements of 20 percent in both speed and packaging thickness and 10...

TSMC to Be Sole Supplier of A11 Chip for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Monday July 18, 2016 3:06 am PDT by
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly secured exclusive orders for the A11 processor expected to power Apple's 2017 "iPhone 8". According to the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN), the Taiwan-based foundry will be the sole supplier of Apple's next-generation A11 chip, which will be built on a 10nm FinFET process. TSMC co-CEO Mark Liu announced at the...

Apple's Suppliers Projecting Weak Demand for iPhone 7 Due to 'Lack of Innovation'

Wednesday May 11, 2016 9:51 am PDT by
Apple recently reported its first year-over-year decline in iPhone sales, with CEO Tim Cook claiming one of the reasons is that the upgrade cycle for the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s series has stretched out longer than it anticipated. Despite the launch of the lower-priced iPhone SE, that decline is expected to continue into the second half of this year. In reporting its first...

TSMC Reportedly Completing Designs for 10-nm A11 Chip With Early 2017 Availability

Friday May 6, 2016 1:36 am PDT by
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has begun to "tape out" the design for Apple's A11 processor built on a 10nm FinFET process, according to industry sources (via DigiTimes). Taping out refers to the initial design of the chip having been completed for creation of the masks that will be used to print the actual chips, although further tweaks are likely as test production is carried ...

TSMC Plans to Double 16nm Chip Production in Preparation for iPhone 7

Wednesday March 2, 2016 7:18 am PST by
According to a new report from Economic Daily News (via DigiTimes), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has plans to double the output capacity of its 16nm chip production from 40,000 12-inch wafers in February to 80,000 in March. The news corroborates previous reports that suggested TSMC was ready to expand its 16nm FinFET production capacity in the second quarter of 2016, solely for the...