A product teardown of each the brand new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus units final week confirmed earlier reports that Apple is certainly choosing TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) to produce the 20nm, second era sixty four-bit A8 chip that drives the brand new iPhones. Research firm IHS, nevertheless, has shared a teardown evaluation report with Re/code that claims Samsung continues to be liable for a fraction of Apple’s A8 chips produced.
Rassweiler stated the processor he noticed in the course of the teardown was manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the huge chip-manufacturing unit-for-rent based mostly in Taipei. [...] Rassweiler says TSMC is manufacturing about 60 % of the chips for Apple, whereas Samsung continues to be turning about about forty %.
Which firm Apple chooses to produce the chip that powers its iPhones and iPads has lengthy been the middle of consideration for a lot of observers, particularly as competitors and litigation between Apple and Samsung continues.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this yr that TSMC would produce Apple’s A8 chip, which we’ve now seen in every teardown of the brand new iPhone to date. Apple counting on TSMC for producing the processor that powers its fashionable iOS units is essential to distancing itself from smartphone rival Samsung, however IHS’s declare that Samsung continues to be liable for 4 out of ten A8 chips exhibits that Apple continues to be largely depending on its competitor in 2014.
Early stories on the subsequent era, possible 16nm “A9″ chip anticipated from Apple in 2015 have claimed TSMC will once more produce Apple’s chip for an additional yr, though several reports share the identical prediction for Samsung.
Filed beneath: AAPL Company, iOS Devices, Tech Industry