Report: TSMC begins producing Apple's A8 CPU

Taiwan's Commercial Times reports (translation) TSMC (TSM +1.9%) has begun manufacturing Apple's next-gen A8 CPU.

The A8, believed to be using TSMC's cutting-edge 20nm manufacturing process (just began volume production), is expected to find its way into new iPhones and iPads this year.

A Korean paper reported last September TSMC will handle 60%-70% of A8 production, and traditional Apple foundry partner Samsung will handle the rest. More recently, A Taiwanese site reported (translation) Apple won't be using Samsung for A8 production due to yield issues.

Nonetheless, and in spite of Apple and Samsung's well-known differences, Apple is expected to go with a dual-foundry strategy for production of its A9 CPU (expected in 2015).

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  • awitti
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    Well, this should be interesting. Glad I sold INTC at 26 when I had the chance. If TSMC has a 20nm part that APPL feels comfortable putting in its crown jewel, Intel is going to have a hard time going forward. What is all this about an R&D advantage?
    5 Mar 2014, 06:16 PM Reply Like
  • DanoX
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    Apple with TSMC will blow Intel and Samsung away and the A9 will be even better the following year and Intel and Samsung will be no where to be found.
    12 Jul 2014, 05:19 PM Reply Like
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