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.
Seems like Apple knows that TSMC is unlikely to catch up to Samsung in terms of technological capacity to manufacture 12nm processors. Samsung and Apple just agreed to use mainly Samsung manufactured Apple iPhone and iPad processors for next year and 80%+ in 2016. At the moment, it seems more and more unlikely that TSMC will play a role in manufacturing Apple chips anymore.
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.