So Long and Thank For All the Chips!
Apple is bidding Farewell to samsung and turning to tsMc for its New A8 soc
So long, Samsung! After having to depend on the Korean electronics giant for so long, Apple is finally deciding to end the partnership between them and move on to another manufacturer for its next-generation SoC.
As a quick recap for readers in the dark, up until the release of this information, Samsung was primarily helping its rival, Apple, to manufacture its current generation A7 SoCs. This was being done, even while both companies were battling it out in courts all over the world, with each case producing varying circumstances and verdicts.
The company that will be handling the manufacturing of the next-generation A8 SoCs will be a company called TSMC. This is a big deal for TSMC, as the A8 SoCs that they will be tasked with is Apple’s new 64-bit quad-core processor, which will be built using a 20nm manufacturing process. Not only that, but the chip is also said to offer quad-core graphics as well.
The fact that Apple has been seeking out other fabrication partners outside of Samsung is welldocumented. However, it is being said that while both Samsung and TSMC were expected to split the production load, Samsung has apparently dropped their own manufacturing and production line because of a low yield.
One other problem is Samsung’s expectations: while TSMC is preferred, there are concerns over its ability to meet Apple’s demand. As such, Samsung will still be kept on but used in a more limited fashion should TSMC fail to meet demand.
Apple is roping in Taiwanese company TSMC to help manufacturer its next-generation A8 SoC.