Apple’s A7 chip inside the iPhone 5s made a lot of waves regarding its 64-bit architecture. Qualcomm, the renowned chip-maker, went back and forth, officially and unofficially, about criticizing it first, after which the company later announced its own 64-bit solution. Apple usually updates the processor inside its phones and tablets every year, and, while an A7X chip might be a possibility, reports are talking about an Apple A8 processor.
This certain Apple A8 processor would be, according to the report, a PoP SoC (package-on-package system-on-a-chip). Unnamed industry sources claim that the upcoming chip from Apple will incorporate both processors and mobile DRAM in a single build, which would be constructed using 20nm technology.
On a side note, Amkor Technology and STATS ChipPAC have received 40% each of the total packaging orders placed by Apple, while Advanced Semiconductor Engineering has managed to score the rest of 20%. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will, according to the same report, start ramping up production for the Apple A8 processor in the second quarter of 2014.