TSMC Starts Shipping A-Series Processors to Apple

TSMC Starts Shipping A-Series Processors to Apple

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In the past, Apple has exclusively sourced its A-series processors from Samsung; however, last year the company signed a deal with TSMC to begin manufacturing chips for future mobile devices. The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that TSMC has begun shipping A-series chips that are used in iOS devices like iPhone and iPad.

Apple and TSMC have also agreed to work together on shipping more advanced processors next year, according to sources. Apple is now able to reduce its reliance on Samsung to supply orders, giving it more leverage when negotiating prices.

The development means Apple doesn't have to rely solely on Samsung for microprocessors, a critical component that controls applications running in smartphones and tablet computers. By securing an additional supplier, Apple will have more leverage when it comes to price negotiations with its chip suppliers in the future. Through the deal, TSMC adds a high-profile customer that could help support expensive research investments the manufacturer needs to move to advanced technology and will likely boost its overall revenue this year, analysts said.

"Apple's order is a big deal to the company. TSMC has assigned a large team to support Apple as you know this client is very picky," one of the people said.

A recent report claimed that TSMC would begin producing processors for Apple using a 20nm process, as well as a new fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 6.

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TSMC Starts Shipping A-Series Processors to Apple
JoshvanHulst - July 12, 2014 at 2:06am
Only thing is, if both Samsung Manufacturing and TSMC team up together they can still make Apple pay a fixed cost, which means consumers don't always get a better deal.
Bac Ho - July 11, 2014 at 4:48am
Congra Apple have the way to run out Samsuck chip.
Obamafailed - July 10, 2014 at 7:44pm
Remember you pay what you get !! If doesn't work well with the new chips then apple not only lost the trust but never go back and deal with samsung ever !! I hope I wrong .
Lolwut - July 10, 2014 at 7:47pm
They had not one Fck up with the last few deals, so there is no way they'll ever fail on future deals.
Nat - July 10, 2014 at 7:03pm
There you have it, samshit or not, iDevices parts will continue to outpace competition.
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