TSMC has reportedly secured a three-year contract with Apple to make A-series CPUs. Together with it IC design service partner Global UniChip TSMC is making next A-series chips built using 20nm, 16nm and 10nm process nodes, according to industry sources.
The Apple A8 CPU will be found in a new iPhone 6 in early 2014, and the A9/A9X chips will be used in the wave of iPhone and iPad products coming after that.
Apple is moving away from Samsung for making its A-series CPUs. The A7 might still be a transition product and the A8 might be already coming completely from TSMC.
TSMC won't be the only company working on Apple's A7 processors. According to a new report from Reuters, the company may also work with Samsung to boost production of the A7 chips, which would
put TSMC in the position of having to fight for business rather than being handed a nearly exclusive contract. Apple and Samsung have worked together many times in the past, but Apple has recently
tried to move work away from Samsung.Continue r ... Source: AppleTell
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Jul 18 2014, 4:00pm CDT
The European Commission announced today that Apple has not adequately addressed the issue of unauthorized in-app purchases, providing "no concrete and immediate solutions" to the problem, reports Reuters. This subject of in-app purchases within free apps was the focus of a recent EU investigation following complaints from several consumer groups in European Union member countries. Apple sai ... Source: Mac RumorsFull article at: Mac RumorsJul 18 2014, 9:25am CDT
Besides a larger display, Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 also may feature a faster A8 processor that pushes the system-on-a-chip beyond the 2.0 GHz threshold, claims GforGames citing Chinese media source cnBeta [Google Translate]. A7 transistor die photo from Chipworks According to the latest information, Apple will reportedly increase the CPU frequency of its next-generation SoC to 2.0 GHz or higher per core, up from the 1.3 GHz (i ... Source: Mac RumorsFull article at: Mac RumorsJul 11 2014, 8:05am CDT
TSMC has reportedly begun shipping Apple 20nm chips in volume, setting the stage for an introduction and launch later this year. The iPhone 6 will be the first 20nm SoC on the market -- will Apple use that advantage to exte ... Source: Extreme Tech
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Jul 10 2014, 1:42pm CDT
Apple has tried to pry itself away from relying on Samsung as a supplier over the past couple of years, although it's often found that companies with Samsung's prowess at mass-producing components are hard to find. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is still trying to figure out ways to rely less on Samsung, however, and has signed an agreement with supplier TSMC to supply microprocessors for its iPhones and other gadgets going forward ... Source: BGR
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Jul 10 2014, 8:05am CDT
Breaking news! The first category 6 LTE-Advanced modem will soon be available in the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-Advanced built on TSMC's 20-nanometer manuf ... Source: Fool.com
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Jun 20 2014, 7:00am CDT
An anonymous reader writes with this article about the future of the analog engineer. Some say technology advancements are obsoleting the need for analog engineers, while others say that good, experienced analog designers will always be needed and currently are in short supply. After years spent encouraging engineering students to focus on software and digital electronics, some people say the day of reckoning appears to be drawing near: Many analog mixed-signal design ... Source: AppleSlashdot
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Jun 13 2014, 7:07am CDT
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