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Apple May Free Itself From Samsung By June

By - Source: Macrumors | B 38 comments

Apple may be using TSMC for its upcoming A7 chip for the iPhone 6.

The Economic Daily News (EDN), which is based out of Taiwan, reports that Apple may finally be separating itself from Samsung as early as June. "High-ranking" officials from Samsung told the paper that it has yet to receive orders from the fruity iPad maker for an A7 chip that will be used in the iPhone 6 slated for a 2014 launch.

The lack of a contract has now led to speculation that Apple may be pulling away from Samsung, and will rely on Taiwan Semiconductor Company (TSMC) to produce future chips instead. Apple currently has a contract with Samsung that sees the latter company exclusively producing A-Series chips, but that contract expires in June.

EDN also reports that TSMC will begin installing production equipment at its 20-nm-capable facilities by April 20, two months ahead of schedule. Once the equipment is installed, the company will begin taping out SoC solutions at 20-nm by the end of the second quarter. The initial capacity for 20-nm products will be around 5,000 12-inch wafer starts per month, sources said, and reaching a capacity of 30,000 to 40,000 wafer starts monthly by the end of 1Q14.

Last month unnamed industry sources said that TSMC would complete the tape-out of Apple's A7 processor using 20-nm processing in March, and then move into risk production sometime between May and June. This will reportedly pave the way for commercial shipments in 1Q14. TSMC is expanding production facilities at its Fab 14 unit located in Taiwan's Tainan Science Park to manufacture Apple's A7 chip.

Meanwhile, Apple is reportedly going into iPhone 5S production this quarter. The phone is slated to arrive this summer, followed by a less expensive model using a different casing possibly in the second half of 2013. Powering these devices could be an early 28-nm version of the A7 chip in the iPhone 5S, and a die shrink of the current A6 chip in the iPhone "Lite" model.

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    fyend , April 2, 2013 8:07 PM
    crApple has, no doubt, found a cheaper source. Don't expect them to drop their prices though.
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    back_by_demand , April 3, 2013 12:37 AM
    Quote:
    Samsung May Free Itself From Apple By June

    Fixed!
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    joytech22 , April 2, 2013 9:28 PM
    ipwn3r456Samsung: Don't give a shit.

    Samsung: Doesn't matter had sex.
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  • 23 Hide
    fyend , April 2, 2013 8:07 PM
    crApple has, no doubt, found a cheaper source. Don't expect them to drop their prices though.
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    firefoxx04 , April 2, 2013 8:34 PM
    Apple may free them frees from Samsung? misleading title is misleading.
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    fuzzion , April 2, 2013 8:41 PM
    Could this mean that Nvidia Geforce 7xx will be also be based on 20nm tech and hence be available around early June?
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    why not , April 2, 2013 8:57 PM
    why not intel
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    ipwn3r456 , April 2, 2013 9:25 PM
    Samsung: Don't give a shit.
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    joytech22 , April 2, 2013 9:28 PM
    ipwn3r456Samsung: Don't give a shit.

    Samsung: Doesn't matter had sex.
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    ericburnby , April 2, 2013 9:54 PM
    ipwn3r456Samsung: Don't give a shit.

    Yeah, they don't care about losing billions of dollars in sales and having those billions end up in the pockets of your competitor, who can use it to improve their production facilities (or build new ones).
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    hector2 , April 2, 2013 9:56 PM
    What's TSMC's current stable production process ? 40nm ? It'll be interesting to see how long it takes them to get production-worthy yields on 20nm. Meanwhile, Intel has had 22nm for a couple of years and is bringing up 14nm in Oregon.
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    Techhapa , April 2, 2013 10:21 PM
    Hope this isn't the rivalry being extended from those stupid court cases
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    Cons29 , April 2, 2013 10:28 PM
    wonder how much different is this fab process compared to say GPU's, if i remember it right the GPU's are right around that size... 28nm maybe?
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    ta152h , April 2, 2013 11:13 PM
    I'm pretty sure anyone that keeps using "fruity" about a company is more fruity than the company "he's" describing.
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    stickmansam , April 3, 2013 12:37 AM
    fuzzionCould this mean that Nvidia Geforce 7xx will be also be based on 20nm tech and hence be available around early June?


    I see both AMD and Nvidia potentially using 20nm GPU's for next gen, what with all the delays on the 7xx and 8xxx
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    back_by_demand , April 3, 2013 12:37 AM
    Quote:
    Samsung May Free Itself From Apple By June

    Fixed!
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    Cazalan , April 3, 2013 1:26 AM
    fuzzionCould this mean that Nvidia Geforce 7xx will be also be based on 20nm tech and hence be available around early June?


    Not likely, as Apple will be buying up all available 20nm capacity for the first year.
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    w8gaming , April 3, 2013 1:45 AM
    [Yeah, they don't care about losing billions of dollars in sales and having those billions end up in the pockets of your competitor, who can use it to improve their production facilities (or build new ones).]

    It will not matter to Samsung because the ALTERNATIVE is to lose even more billions of dollars in sales of smartphone as the sole aim of Apple is to force Samsung to stop selling Android smartphones.
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    icemunk , April 3, 2013 3:07 AM
    ericburnbyYeah, they don't care about losing billions of dollars in sales and having those billions end up in the pockets of your competitor, who can use it to improve their production facilities (or build new ones).


    You're right, I'm sure they're not jumping for joy about it, however I'm sure there are a ton of other smartphone manufacturers who would love to start using Samsung's fabrication abilities, and technology. More competition is great for the consumer
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    seinfeld , April 3, 2013 3:10 AM
    This is samsung creating a price war for apple. they are in talks with Intel! and putting this out there only puts their deal with intel at risk
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    house70 , April 3, 2013 4:20 AM
    icemunkYou're right, I'm sure they're not jumping for joy about it, however I'm sure there are a ton of other smartphone manufacturers who would love to start using Samsung's fabrication abilities, and technology. More competition is great for the consumer

    Exactly. It's not like Samsung had stopped their production lines because of lack of clients. Money is money, regardless where it comes from. It must be a liberating feeling for them.
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    back_by_demand , April 3, 2013 5:40 AM
    ericburnbyYeah, they don't care about losing billions of dollars in sales and having those billions end up in the pockets of your competitor, who can use it to improve their production facilities (or build new ones).

    Short term loss, long term gain - stop giving Apple all the best componants, their own phones are now technically superior and the customer sees this
    ...
    Sales move towards Samsung and however many billions Samsung lose in parts sales to Apple are more than recouped in increased sales of their own handsets, with the added benefit of market dominance
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    janetonly42 , April 3, 2013 5:58 AM
    Get back with me if they ever "free themselves" from China.
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