TSMC to Begin Trial Production of Apple's A6X Chip This Quarter

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    AFP reports on claims from Taiwanese newspaper Commercial Times indicating that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is set to begin trial production of Apple's A6X chip sometime this quarter. The chip is currently used in the fourth-generation iPad introduced in October.
    Apple has been rumored for some time to be trying to switch to TSMC for production of its A-series chips, with some reports claiming that TSMC would be coming on board late this year for next-generation chips. More recent reports have claimed that TSMC could start production for Apple as soon as the second quarter, perhaps in line with today's rumor of trial production in the first quarter of the year.

    Article Link: TSMC to Begin Trial Production of Apple's A6X Chip This Quarter
  2. macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2009
  3. macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2010
  4. macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2012
  5. macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
  6. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    Should be better on power consumption since TSMC will be using their 28nm process. Would be interesting if new iPads had better battery life all of the sudden.
  7. macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Try this on for size

    Apple still needs Samsung.

    At this point tsmc cannot produce enough chips.
  8. macrumors 68040


    May 10, 2010
    Let see what the yield and quality will be ...but good to get more then one supplier
  9. chrmjenkins, Jan 2, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2013

    macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    TSMC is higher volume than Samsung. It would take time to ramp but they could do it without question. My guess is that once they switch, all new processors will be TSMC. Legacy processors like A5r2 will be converted or phased out.

    It's a one or the other thing. Their process libraries are different and require different designs. It's not a copy and paste job.
  10. macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2003
    The key words here being "at this point". Apple can throw a billion dollars at TSMC and say "go build us a factory." In a year or two, will Apple need Samsung?
  11. macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2011
    Excellent news, Samsung can now better concentrate on making cheap, plastic phones.
  12. macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2012

    TSMC for Chips
    Sharp for Screen

    Bye Bye Samsdung....

    Waiting for the headline "Samsung follow Apple into TSMC chip trial"
  13. macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
    I've really never understood why people continue to call Samsung's phones "cheap," as if the plastic used is terrible quality.
  14. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    Or as if plastic means cheap. It's like people completely forgot the 3G and 3GS.
  15. macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    Makes since to diversify parts suppliers as long as the quality is there.
  16. macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2012
    Beacuse they are?

    Step 1: Hold Galaxy phone in hand
    Step 2: Give gentle squeeze
    Step 3: listen to the creaking and feel the rubbish build quality
    Step 4: Put rubbish phone down, pick iPhone up
    Step 5: Squeeze iPhone and observe the wonderful build quality
    Step 6: Buy iPhone.
    Step 7: Repeat steps 1-7 yearly
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2010
    I have a galaxy note 2, 1 drop on the floor and I can now see a lot of the white bezel underneath the very thin paint coating on plastic! So yeah, I would say Samsung phones are built on the cheap, you get what you pay for, that's where the price difference of £50 came between iPhone and Galaxy Note 2 in my case, better materials...
  18. macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2012

    on the macbooks, samsung's screens are better quality than the LG ones. with people swapping them until they get a samsung screen. cant believe this makes you happy. quite sad really :(
  19. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    hopefully will be ready when its mass produce for the 5S
  20. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Maybe not the phones, but check out The Verge review of the 10" Galaxy Note. Build quality looked (and sounded) horrible.


    Can't Apple work with LG to improve their display quality? :confused:
  21. macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    Android Police Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
  22. Celf, Jan 2, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2013

    macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2008
    I won't deny my iPad has a better build quality than my Note but to call the build quality of the last one "horrible" is pure nonsense. The Androidpolice "review" was one big rant and made a lot of readers very angry because a lot of stuff this guy wrote was just not true.
  23. macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    Drop your iPhone 4 and the glass breaks.
  24. macrumors 601


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Once again all the celebrations about how Apple is sticking it to Samsung ignoring the fact that Apple is probably setting up the next Samsung-like sequence of events with TSMC. Sure, TSMC is not in the consumer products business right now but after Apple shows them the way and they watch Apple rake it in, it's only a matter of time before someone there sees the same light that Samsung saw.

    THE answer is not to move from one Asian manufacturer to others and trust that the latter won't follow the very profitable lead set by Samsung. Believing that TSMC and LG and Sharp and others will behave and leave all that profit to Apple is the same as believing that Samsung would behave right up until Samsung decided to more and more directly compete against Apple.

    Enjoy the illusion but see it as such. It's only a matter of time before new parters learn from the association and then start applying what they learn to their own offerings. One Samsung "ripping off Apple" becomes 5 or 10 just a little ways down this road.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2009
    Not quite, hehe


    Samsung regards Apple as just another customer, albeit a very big one.
    Terry Gou regards Steve Jobs as "a God".

    Then again...who knows.

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