Apple appears to be bypassing Samsung for its next-generation A6 chip, as previously reported. The Taiwan Economic News reports Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has now started trial production of the A6, most likely to be used in the next version of the iPad:
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TSMC), the world’s largest semiconductor foundry by market shares now, has allegedly started trial production of the A6 processor in cooperation with Apple Inc., with the production design to be taped out in the first quarter of next year and scheduled to be publicly unveiled in the second quarter at the earliest, according to industry sources.
TSMC is now the world’s largest semiconductor company by market share, and will apply their newest technologies to produce the ARM-based A6 processor. Sources mention TSMC is capable of handling production for Apple now, whereas in the past their production lines were tied up by existing customers such as Nvidia and Qualcomm. The industry is facing a depression, and it appears TSMC is emerging as a viable company to work with Apple to produce the A6.
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