Apple's future processors said to be made by Samsung, TSMC
Apple will divvy up chipmaking between Samsung and TSMC, according to an Asia-based report.
Both Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will make future Apple processors, according to a report from Taipei-based Digitimes.
Samsung, which has manufactured Apple A series processors to date -- report in Wednesday's Digitimes.-- will continue to make Apple chips through at least 2015, according to the
Meanwhile, TSMC is slated to participate in production of Apple's 2014 iPhone products and/or could take more future production, according to the report.
Separately, a source familiar with TSMC's operations told CNET that TSMC is already making Apple A series processors -- though it's not clear if that's at commercial volumes or smaller pilot production volumes.
TSMC's future 16-nanometer process will use so-called FinFET, aka vertical transistors, roughly analogous to Intel's 3D transistor tech.
That FinFET manufacturing tech would get Apple's A series processors that much closer to processors from Intel, which is currently the world leader. Apple's new A7 chip already boasts 64-bit processing -- another metric where Apple is closing the gap with Intel.
Samsung is also expected to use a FinFET process for 14-nanometer production (PDF).
It should be noted that nailing down definitive information about which chipmaker is going to make which chip for which customer is always difficult as chip production details are fiercely guarded by both the manufacturer and the customer.
And chipmakers invariably run into production problems. For example, TSMC had been rumored to make Apple chips in the past but struggled with production problems. There were also rumors of disagreements with Apple.