As the patent battle between Apple and Samsung shows no sign of ending, it seems that the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant in preparing to turn to TSMC for its A-series processors.
Apple is looking to shift production of its mobile device processors to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company sooner rather than later, according to Taiwan-based newspaper The Commercial Times (via AppAdvice).
It’s no secret Apple has been going after Samsung, both in the mobile market and in the courts. Now it looks like Apple will take the grudge match to a new arena as it is set to shift CPU orders away from Samsung and to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacture Company (TSMC).
I would have sent this to you as a private message but the topic is of interest to a broad audience, so I humbly ask it publicly:
What the heck happened with TSMC's 16 FinFET? More importantly, how did Samsung beat TSMC to the punch and land those Apple/Qualcomm orders? Do you believe TSMC's claim that Samsung is beating them to 14/16 because TSMC focused on the 20nm opportunity?
Not only does the rumor claim that Apple is shifting to TSMC, but that there will also be a die shrink down from the 32-nanometers that Samsung is currently capable of producing to a much finer 20-nanometers.
Apple's hiring of 16-year AMD chip veteran could allow the Cupertino tech giant to shift A-series processor production away from Samsung. But the move could also have implications for Intel, which supplies CPUs for Macs.
Wasn't it just a week ago that TSMC's stock got a boost when it was reported that the company was supplying Apple with chips? Today the company's stock did an about-face after investors learned that Apple is already switching back to Samsung.