TSMC Named As Sole Producer of Apple A10
The latest iteration of the iDevices are going to sport new processors of course. The name of the new chip is a no brainer, Apple A10; the latest and greatest that comes out of Cupertinos processor design house. The new A10s will power the replacement models of the current current outgoing models of iPhone, and iPad that is powered by Apple’s A9.
Of course by this time the world already knows that the outgoing A9 chips has two manufacturers on board, namely; Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC). Everyone also knows that this lead to an issue known as the Chipgate where Taiwan’s A9s are made to perform a little better than the Korean made A9s.
We suspect because of this also Apple will solely rely on TSMC to produce their new A10 chips to be powering the next generation of iDevices next year. That, and also of course to curb the “Chipgate” issue and maybe further confusion on who makes what chips. Of course there is also the issue of Samsung and Apple being in a fight for a few patents the last few years and that Apple is trying to cut its dependence on Samsung for certain parts production.
Sources: Barron’s Asia