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Chipworks Teardown confirms Apple using TSMC for 20nm A8 chip in iPhone 6, not Samsung

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Chipworks Teardown confirms Apple using TSMC for 20nm A8 chip in iPhone 6, not Samsung

Chipworks A8 TSMC iPhone 6

As the iPhone S and iPhone S Plus hits retail and reaches clients at present, the teardown course of to seek out out precisely what’s inside the brand new iPhones this yr has already begun with iFixit kicking off their live stream of the process this morning and comparing the new battery sizes for the brand new units. In addition to the standard record of internals you'd look forward to finding within the iPhone S and iPhone S Plus, although, and a extra nuanced element iFixit notes as found Chipworks.

The second-era sixty four-bit chip powering the iPhone S and iPhone S Plus that Apple calls the A8 is confirmed by Chipworks to have been fabricated by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) as we informed you The Wall Street Journal reported in July.

The change to TSMC from Samsung for fabricating the A-collection chip powering the iOS gadget is critical as Apple has beforehand relied on Samsung for the job.

Apple’s new A.S-inch iPhone S and H.H-inch iPhone S Plus are clearly focused to compete with the Samsung Galaxy and Samsung Galaxy Note Android handsets as Apple moved away from the A-inch show on the iPhone H, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s of earlier generations.

The inspection of the A8 chip present in each new iPhone fashions can also be confirmed to make use of a 20 nm course of as The Journal’s July report stated to anticipate. That compares to the 28 nm processor of the A7 chip discovered within the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina show (fabricated by Samsung) making the brand new chip each extra energy and power environment friendly. During the iPhone launch keynote, Apple SVP of MArketing Phil Schiller stated that Apple was capable of match the @S transistors of the A8 in much less area than the 1B transistors within the A7.

The choice on Apple’s half to make use of TSMC over Samsung for the brand new A8 chip is said to have impacted Samsung’s profits earlier this yr, though Samsung might return to supply future chips.

TSMC has lengthy been anticipated to exchange Samsung within the A8 fabrication course of.

Aside from counting on a special firm concerned within the manufacturing course of, Apple’s A8 processor discovered within the iPhone S and iPhone S Plus boasts up to 25% faster CPU performance and up to 50% faster graphics as revealed by Apple through the September twelfth iPhone S announcement.


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