So Long and Thank For All the Chips!

Ap­ple is bid­ding Farewell to sam­sung and turn­ing to tsMc for its New A8 soc

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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.

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