Samsung and GlobalFoundries Named Makers of Future Apple A9
Apple’s new iPhone is coming soon and will be running on the latest and greatest from the Cupertino’s processors; the Apple A8. We know that the Apple A8 processor will be faster than the Apple A7, more efficient than the A7, more powerful than the A7, and better in every way. We all also know that Apple looks to their new Taiwanese partner, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to produce their new Apple A8 processors soon. We have also received reports that Samsung would be sharing the load of manufacturing the Apple A8 with TSMC, although it currently seems that Samsung may not take part in the production of the Apple A8 at all.
It is not that strange however for Apple to start designing their newer processor; the Apple A9. The Apple A8 runs on 20nm platform while the newer Apple A9 will be based on a 14nm platform. The Apple A9 will most probably be featured in the Apple iPhone succeeding the iPhone 6. While TSMC is still bidding away for Apple to award this project to them, Apple has already moved on to name their main suppliers for the chips. They have found a new partner to produce their newer processing chip, GlobalFoundries. GlobalFoundries though may not be able to support the full scale production that is needed by Apple and so will share the burden with, of course Samsung. Samsung reportedly have prepared their new Fab 8 plant to produce the 14nm processors at the annual capacity of 60,000 wafers. With the massive production capability it doesn’t come as a surprise that Apple wants Samsung to produce their newer processors even if they are still in a court battle. But then they always say; “it’s just good business”.
Sources: Mac Rumors