Apple reportedly inks chip deal with TSMC, further distances itself from Samsung

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A new report from Digitimes claims that Apple has inked a three-year deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. According to the cited terms of the deal, TSCM would provide Apple with mobile processors for iPhone 6 and other devices to follow. Apple has previously sourced Samsung for CPU components, but the company continues to distance itself and reduce dependence on one of their biggest rivals.

TSMC, the world’s largest independent chip manufacturer, has already been tapped to provide the A7 processor to be included in the upcoming iPhone 5S. The new deal would also see the fabrication house produce Apple’s A8, A9, and A9X using a 20nm, 16nm, and 10nm process respectively. The three chips are expected to power the next three generations of Apple’s mobile devices, starting in 2014 and extending to 2016.

[via Digitimes]

 

 

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  • Renkman

    Good news. Digitimes has been saying this for years. Looks like they might have finally gotten it right :)

  • Xennex1170

    Good for Apple. If Apple did take up a nice chunk of CPU production capacity, this decision will free up capacity for Samsung use for its own products and may signify the start of another increase in Samsung’s product lineup. Either that or they are able to make a larger profit margin from clients that will be able to use the extra production capacity. I understand that Samsung’s deal with Apple was rather thin on margins. (which is the rumor for most if not all manufacturers Apple sources). May actually end up being a good move profit wise for both companies.