We’re wondering if some of our readers recall those past speculations suggesting that Samsung will stop producing processors for Apple, due to the rising tensions between the two companies. Well, that obviously didn’t happen with the iPhone 5s, as the 64-bit A7 SoC powering the beast has been manufactured by none other than Samsung.
However, fresh reports indicate that the partnership between the two giants might’ve actually come to an end, but not for the reasons mentioned above. Allegedly, Samsung will not be the one to manufacture the Apple A8 processor which is expected to make its debut on the upcoming iPhone 6. Interested in finding out the details? You’ll find them below.
Samsung Won’t Produce Apple’s A8 CPU – TSMC to Handle the Task
According to fresh reports coming from the Taiwanese media, Samsung has dropped out of the Apple A8 race, and Apple’s order for the aforementioned SoC will be handled entirely by TSMC instead. TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) is the largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry in the world.
The reason why Samsung is reportedly out of the race is because the A8 CPU is expected to be built using 20nm manufacturing process, and apparently Samsung is facing low yield production issues with the chip. On the other hand, TSMC has supposedly been able to meet Apple’s demands, and chances are that the aforementioned giant will handle all the production.
That being said, Samsung might’ve lost this one, but whether or not the Korean giant will be able to strike a deal with Apple once the “next-next-gen” A9 processor enters production remains to be seen. The SoC will most likely be developed using 16nm / 14nm technology, and Sammy already has some experience in the 14nm scene.
Any thoughts regarding these developments? As an Apple fan, are you pleased by the idea that the iPhone 6 might not have a Samsung-made processor? Or are you more interested in the end product, rather than who manufactures what components? Let us know below.