A10ANOINTED

TSMC Seem­ingly Cho­sen by Ap­ple to Man­u­fac­ture Chips for the Next iPhone

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT -

Ap­ple's cur­rent A9 chipset may al­ready be in use with its cur­rent iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but plans are un­der­way to man­u­fac­ture what is pos­si­bly the A10 pro­ces­sor for the iPhone 7. In fact, words have been buzzing around since Fe­bru­ary that Ap­ple had been con­vinced by chip­maker TSMC into mak­ing them the pri­mary sup­plier of pro­ces­sors, all of which will be used in the next iPhone.

If those words are to be be­lieved, then there's a good chance that TSMC has al­ready beaten Sam­sung in the race to be­come the main sup­plier of the 10nm A10 chips. This loss may also mean that Sam­sung might have to take a hit in its chipset man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness this year.

With that said, there is a pos­si­bil­ity that Sam­sung's part­ner­ship with Qual­comm to man­u­fac­ture its Snap­dragon 820 may be able to off­set a chunk of its losses, and that's not even in­clud­ing the VRAM chips that they will be pro­duc­ing for AMD's next-gen­er­a­tion Radeon se­ries graph­ics cards this year.

TSMC is ex­pected to go into full pro­duc­tion of the A10 chips some­time in June, and even have plans to com­mence the man­u­fac­tur­ing of its 7nm vol­ume pro­duc­tion by 2018, and its 5nm pro­duc­tion by 2020.

MARCH 2016

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TSMC seems to have se­cured rights to man­u­fac­ture Ap­ple's new mo­bile pro­ces­sors for the next iPhone.

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