Apple May Shift CPU Manufacturing From Samsung to TSMC

A new rumor in Taiwan suggests that Apple could be turning to TSMC as the main manufacturer and supplier for its ARM-based processors.

Following the conclusion of a legal battle that had Apple walk away with more than $1 billion in damages paid by Samsung, a production switch may be the far greater financial blow, given current estimates from IHS that Apple will be selling 149 million iPhones and close to 60 million iPads this year. According to Digitimes, it appears that if TSMC can prove it has what it takes to produce Apple's chips, it may be able to grab the lion's share of the business.

It is unlikely, however, that Apple will be making the same mistake again and rely on a single source for one of the key components of its devices. Just like the company diversified its memory supplier base, it would not be surprising if the company did the same with its processor. It is not a secret that Globalfoundries has been courting Apple for some time now to get into play as well. Digitimes noted that if TSMC is in fact in talks with Apple, the company's 16nm FinFET process to be Apple's most likely choice.

At this time, Samsung remains the sole production company of the iPhone and iPad processors.

 

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  • This is media spin on trying to make it look like something Apple chose to do. When in fact, the contract Apple had with Samsung is about to expire, and Samsung has given Apple the middle finger.

    In related news : TSMC denied Apple a contact that would allow them exclusive use of the full production capacity of their fab's. Because of this Apple is now stuck between a rock and a hard place as they pissed off Samsung, and TSMC cannot meet their demands without turning away other customers, which they are unwilling to do at this time.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-29/apple-qualcomm-spurned-in-bids-for-exclusive-tsmc-chip-supply.html
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  • Burn Apple burn
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  • TSMC didn't even have enough capacity to make nVidia's chips for the GTX 680. Who does Apple think they are, any way? Hope that 1 billion dollar settlement was worth it
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  • This is media spin on trying to make it look like something Apple chose to do. When in fact, the contract Apple had with Samsung is about to expire, and Samsung has given Apple the middle finger.

    In related news : TSMC denied Apple a contact that would allow them exclusive use of the full production capacity of their fab's. Because of this Apple is now stuck between a rock and a hard place as they pissed off Samsung, and TSMC cannot meet their demands without turning away other customers, which they are unwilling to do at this time.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-29/apple-qualcomm-spurned-in-bids-for-exclusive-tsmc-chip-supply.html
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  • Um "TSMC denied Apple a contact that would allow them exclusive use of the full production capacity of their fab's" why the fuck would apple want this, TSMC are very very busy and apple a a small pool of the TOTAl production of ARMS processors, of vourse they said "FUCK OFF APPLE" why would they dedicate 100% to apple and nothing to qualcomm and TI (qualcomm chip is better than a6 anyway).
    Apple really could be in trouble global foundrys wont touch the ARM race right now, they have issues at 28nm and below, TMSc also makes x86 pricessors at tye same FAB.
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  • TSMC didn't even have enough capacity to make nVidia's chips for the GTX 680. Who does Apple think they are, any way? Hope that 1 billion dollar settlement was worth it
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