Posts tagged with: TSMC
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    While you may have been under the impression Apple develops A-series system-on-chips for iPhone and iPad use in-house, these important smartphone and tablet components are actually outsourced to companies like TSMC or Samsung, with Cupertino merely in charge of their designs. From a certain perspective, it makes sense to commission different suppliers for the same part inside a single generation of an iDevice, but even after last year’s “Chipgate” was disputed by reputable organizations, iFans were left wishing all iPhone 7 units and beyond could be created equal. As luck would have ...

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    When Apple has a bad quarter, it has a bed of big numbers to fall back on. When the company's parts suppliers have a bad quarter, they don't necessarily have much of a backup to rely on. Nikkei Asian Review has tracked drops in earnings at fifteen Taiwanese tech firms, most of them component suppliers serving Apple. Comparing first quarter performances year-over-year, the companies saw an average revenue decline of 7 percent versus a 17 percent increase in 2015. While that figure pales to the 13 percent loss Apple recorded last quarter, for some companies, it comes after several months ...

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    Just as we're talking about the A10 chip that's going to go in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone Pro ... okay, we're not exactly sure about that last one, but of course we'd have to be crazy not to look forward to next year's iPhone. Industry sources are reporting to Digitimes out of Taiwan that TSMC is starting to wrap up design work on the chip for next year's iPhone, supposedly being the A11. Sources say that the 10nm FinFET process will be certified in Q4. TSMC will follow on with samples in Q1 2017, ramp up production in Q2 and will start seeing revenue from deliveries ...

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    Like the Galaxy S6? Like the Note 5? How about the S7 edge? Is it running as smooth as you'd like? Chances are that an Exynos system on a chip makes that happen. That chipset? Yep, it's made by Samsung. Samsung's been expanding its semiconductor production aggressively with mid-range and top-end products for vendors to use. While Taiwanese competitor TSMC does have an upper edge in serving the lucrative Apple, the chaebol has been making ground elsewhere — including silicon giant Qualcomm, producing its Snapdragon 820 processors. Executives from the unit have been at the company's San ...

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    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is still working on getting its Tainan factory back in order after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck on February 6 in the south of the island nation — the epicenter of which was only about 50km from the work site. The country's deadliest tremor event in 17 years has caused billions of dollars in damage, but TSMC initially believed that it would only lose 1 percent of its Q1 shipments. On Friday, it estimated that it would take more of a hit after further inspecting its fabrication units though it wouldn't say by how much. The company is still ...

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    We've been hearing from investors and supposed "people in the know," but we may be able to get more solid reporting from a news outlet. The Electronic Times of Korea is sourcing Samsung insiders in reporting that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will be the sole provider of what we think to be the A10 processor for use in Apple's iPhone 7. TSMC will be using a 10nm process to build the chipset. It seems both manufacturers had sent samples to Apple back in July and it seems that the TSMC was the one that got the order in the end. The two shared the order for the A9 processors last ...

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    And so another bank has plopped another paper about another iPhone and another claim's been introduced about this one manufacturer that's going to be making all the chipsets for another iPhone. In case you need reminding, those who have cheered this development have been immersed in another "-gate" saga. Swiss banking firm UBS, in its report on Samsung Electro-Mechanics (the semiconductor manufacturing arm of the chaebol), believes that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company — better known as TSMC — will get the contract from Apple to produce 100 percent of the A10 processors that ...

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    After the so-called "Chipgate" debacle that drew doubt from spec-obsessed people, Apple hopes to avoid taking another bit of effort to even think about addressing such a performance disparity. Apple ordered its A9 processors from two sources — Samsung and Taiwan-based TSMC — and we're now expecting it to ask only one to produce its A10 processors. We've heard it said before and now an international financial firm is claiming that TSMC will be the sole producer of the A10 system-on-a-chip that is expected to appear on the iPhone 7 next year. For what it's worth to you, yes, the ...

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    Is the fact that the A9 SoC powering Apple's latest iPhones is fabricated by two different companies, using two different processes, a big deal or not? Early reports claimed significant differences in power consumption between the Samsung-made and TSMC-made versions of the A9, but not all tests agree on those results, and the actual user impact of the issue is looking to be much more minor than first claimed. So while it may not ultimately matter which A9 chip you find at the heart of your iPhone 6S, there might not even be the potential for such a scandal next time around, as an analyst ...

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    Samsung’s numerous tentacles have spread to cover many segments of the multifaceted tech industry of late, and Android smartphone distribution is just one little component of a tremendously well-oiled cash machine. Speaking of components, the Korean giant should turn things around as far as profits go by the end of the year thanks chiefly to chip production, not handheld sales, which continue to drift on account of market saturation. Unlike fabless companies Qualcomm, MediaTek or Nvidia, Samsung has the necessary facilities and expertise to actually build Exynos processors, not only ...

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    Apparently. when you tell two people to do the same job, no matter how detailed the instructions are, you might get some different results. In the case of Apple working with Samsung and TSMC, these three have had a history after a turbulent period where Samsung could've lost its whole Apple contract to TSMC. The two are in now in their current coexistence doing their own jobs. But some iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users on internet forums are finding out what kind of job each manufacturer has done with the A9 processors in each of them something of a quality grab-bag. With testing from ...

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    Apple reportedly has very ambitious plans for the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Most rumors still point to a September launch, and within them we hear that Apple has ordered a crazy 90 million units in order to meet its expected demand. Obviously the device's internals are key for these orders to be met, and today we get details on how things will work. First of all, we hear that both Samsung and TSMC will be in charge of building the A9 processor that's rumored for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The source claims that Apple recently made some last minute changes to the ...

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    Apple managed to turn quite a few heads last year when it unveiled the iPhone 5S, not just due to the phone's fingerprint scanner or the new gold color option, but thanks to the system-on-a-chip powering the phone, the 64-bit A7. Since then, we've mainly been talking about the A7 in terms of other companies catching up and delivering 64-bit smartphones of their own, but we've also been catching whiffs of what might be next for Apple itself, and back in January heard a little about the technology that could go into the rumored A8. We find ourselves back on the subject of this upcoming chip ...

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