Apple A11 chip design currently getting finalized by TSMC
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 starting Q3.
A little oddity: the same sources say that TSMC will likely get two-thirds of the overall A11 chip orders from Apple. Where the rest of the chips will go or how they’ll be sold is up in the air.
It seems that Apple has stuck with the Taiwanese chipmaker for another iteration of mobile devices after the debacle that occurred with Samsung-produced A9 processors. Then again, maybe we’ll hear from sources around or inside Samsung.
Besides, the chaebol’s got OLEDs to make.