Menu

Apple A6 CPU to be manufactured by TSMC in 2012?

Jun 27 2011, 8:25am CDT | by , in Rumors | Apple

Apple A6 CPU to be manufactured by TSMC in 2012?

Analyst confirms earlier reports that TSMC is taking over from Samsung making Apple's CPU.

Samsung and Apple are going head to head in a patent battle over smartphones and tablets. Samsung is though a major supplier to Apple as well. Samsung is right now manufacturing the Apple A series CPUs that power the iPad and iPhone. In May reports appeared that Apple has already found a new manufacturer for their future Ax CPUs (A6, A7, etc.) with TSMC. In a report filed on Digitimes on Friday, analyst Dan Heyler with Merrill Lynch confirms this with saying that their is a good chance TSMC winning orders for the Apple A6 CPU. The deal between TSMC and Apple seems not closed yet and also it is not sure if all A6 CPUs will come from TSMC or if Samsung stays still in the game. 

If this decision is depending on how the patent battle panes out is not clear. Samsung also supplies other components like flash memory to Apple. It is very hard to entirely replace them.

By the way. the Digitimes report has a strange angle. It highlights that tablet CPUs only account 4% of TSMC's revenues in 2012. If TSMC wins the contract to make Apple A6 CPUs, than we are looking at not only tablets. The A6 is also going to be in the future iPhone 6. The iPhone is still out-selling the iPad by a long shot.

Now Watch

Share this Story

Follow Us
Follow I4U News on Twitter
Follow I4U News on Facebook

You Might Also Like

From the Web

Read the Latest from I4U News

A. Alfred Taubman dies at 91

A. Alfred Taubman dies at 91

1 day ago, 7:18am CDT

Singer Johnny Kemp dies at 55

Singer Johnny Kemp dies at 55

1 day ago, 6:48am CDT

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus