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TSMC Starts Apple A8 CPU Production in July

New supply chain report claims that TSMC got a three-year deal from Apple to make A-series CPUs.

Jun 24 2013, 5:42am CDT | by

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TSMC Starts Apple A8 CPU Production in July
 
 

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TSMC Starts Apple A8 CPU Production in July

The upcoming iPhone 5S will likely run on the Apple A7. TSMC will according to a new Digitimes report already start producing small volumes of Apple's next A-series CPU. The Apple A8 is expect to be in iPad and iPhones in 2014.

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.

 

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Apple will reportedly work with Samsung on chips

Source: AppleTell

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   Full article at: AppleTell Jul 18 2014, 4:00pm CDT
 

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EU Finds Apple Lacking in Efforts to Address In-App Payment Issues

Source: Mac Rumors

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 Rumors  Full article at: Mac Rumors Jul 18 2014, 9:25am CDT
 

Update: 7

Samsung to return to Apple's chipmaking fold in 2015, report says

Source: CNet

TSMC may still have to compete with Samsung for processor orders from Apple, acco ...
Source: CNet   Full article at: CNet Jul 17 2014, 4:53am CDT
 

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Samsung to return to Apple's chipmaking fold in 2015, report says

Source: Car Craft

TSMC may still have to compete with Samsung for processor orders from Apple, according t ...
Source: Car Craft   Full article at: Car Craft Jul 17 2014, 4:53am CDT
 

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Apple's Next-Generation A8 Chip Said to Top 2 GHz, Remain Dual-Core

Source: Mac Rumors

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 Rumors  Full article at: Mac Rumors Jul 11 2014, 8:05am CDT
 

Update: 4

TSMC is finally making 20nm parts for Apple’s next-gen iPhone, iPad

Source: Extreme Tech

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   Full article at: Extreme Tech Jul 10 2014, 1:42pm CDT
 

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Apple makes another move to pry itself away from Samsung with iPhone 6

Source: BGR

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   Full article at: BGR Jul 10 2014, 8:05am CDT
 

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 Is Powered by Qualcomm’s First 20-Nanometer Mobile Chip

Source: Fool.com

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   Full article at: Fool.com Jun 20 2014, 7:00am CDT
 

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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

Source: AppleSlashdot

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   Full article at: AppleSlashdot Jun 13 2014, 7:07am CDT
 

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi Lugmayr (Google) is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com.

 

 

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