Apple Switches A6X Processor Production From Samsung to TSMC?

Posted January 2, 2013 at 3:09pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 7126 views

Apple has contracted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to product its next generation A6X processor, according to a Commercial Times report.

It's been speculated for some time that Apple would move its processor production away from rival Samsung; however, concerns over the stabilization of TSMC's manufacturing process had prevented the switch in the past.

"The manufacturing process at TSMC hasn't been stabilized. Considering Apple's previous patterns of adopting qualified technologies, Apple isn't taking risks. Samsung offers better pricing and capacity commitment for the A6 mobile APs," said an official from a different Apple supplier.

Now it's being reported that TSMC will begin trial production of the 28nm A6X processor during the first quarter of this year and if all goes well the company will supply those processors for the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2.

Additionally, Citigroup Global Markets has predicted that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will be the only supplier of the 20nm process to Apple quad-core processors over the next one to two years. The 20nm process will likely be used by Apple's future A7 processors.

[via AppAdvice]


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lov3boyz - January 3, 2013 at 2:41am
Get off from samsung is one of the ways
Shawn - January 2, 2013 at 5:21pm
Its not that easy. Apple can't just take its tape outs from Samsung and go to TSMC and manufacture the chips. They need to be redesigned! More likely that TSMC got A7/A7x SoC orders. Swift core + PowerVR Rouge GPU. BTW. Remember that A6 test wafers was ordered at TSMC jun 2010? These was meant to be for iPad3. It was a disaster = Apple had to use the panic chip A5X. A chip that would never have been used during Steve's period. Tim accepts half assed product. Steve didn't.
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