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Topic: A9

Former TSMC engineer gave secret process technology to Samsung, court rules

08/26/2015, 12:08 pm

An engineer who left chipmaker TSMC for a new job at rival Samsung's foundry division illegally passed trade secrets to the South Korean firm, Taiwan's Supreme Court said in a Wednesday ruling.

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Rumor: Apple's upcoming A9-series chips benchmarked, show 20-30% jump over A8

08/17/2015, 03:08 pm

A graph that purports to show GeekBench 3 scores for Apple's anticipated A9-series application processors paints a picture of significant performance improvements, beating out even Samsung's latest 8-core chips.

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Apple partner TSMC to mass produce 10nm chips by early 2017, on pace to beat Intel

07/17/2015, 09:07 am

The race to make smaller and more efficient mobile processors continues, with iPhone chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. revealing it remains on track to mass produce its first 10-nanometer FinFET processors by early 2017 -- a timeframe that would put it ahead of rival Intel.

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Samsung & TSMC begin volume production of Apple's next-gen 'A9' CPU for 'iPhone 6s' - report

07/16/2015, 09:07 am

The two principal manufacturers of Apple processors, Samsung and TSMC, have each begun volume production of the next-generation "A9" CPU for use in the upcoming iPhones, according to a new report.

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Foxconn's Terry Guo says he lobbied Apple to choose TSMC over Samsung for 'A9'

04/28/2015, 11:04 am

According to one of Apple's closest partners, the company's choice to award production contracts for its forthcoming "A9" chip to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. -- rather than single-sourcing parts from Samsung -- was the result of a concerted lobbying effort from fellow Taiwanese firms.

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Apple makes 'last-minute decision' to use TSMC for 30% of 'A9' chip orders for next iPhone

04/15/2015, 09:04 pm

Facing poor yield rates from chipmaker GlobalFoundries, Apple has apparently made an eleventh-hour call as it solidifies its supply chain for the next-generation iPhone, opting to award nearly a third of "A9" chip orders to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

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'iPhone 6s' said to ship with 2GB of RAM, Apple leaning toward including Apple SIM

03/04/2015, 12:03 pm

Apple's 2015 iPhone update will purportedly add some features introduced in the iPad Air 2 last year, including an upgrade to 2 gigabytes of RAM and the possibility of pre-installing the Apple SIM, giving users the ability to select a carrier on their own out of the box.

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Rumor: Samsung tapped to supply DRAM for 'A9' chip in Apple's next iPhone

02/24/2015, 09:02 am

In a deal said to be worth billions of dollars, Samsung will allegedly provide at least half of the dynamic random access memory used in the processor for Apple's 2015 iPhone update, according to a new rumor.

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Rumor: Apple poaching Samsung experts in chips, batteries, more

02/23/2015, 08:02 am

With its latest recruiting efforts, Apple is allegedly targeting "experts in next-generation technology" from rival Samsung, offering raises and competitive benefits to lure talent to California.

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Apple affirmed to return to Samsung for 14nm 'A9' chips for next iPhones, iPads

02/04/2015, 02:02 pm

Yet another publication has reported that Apple will once again rely on Samsung for its next generation of A-series processors, returning to a fierce rival rather than expanding its relationship with TSMC.

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Samsung reportedly nabs 75% of Apple's next-gen 'A9' SoC orders

01/26/2015, 04:01 am

Samsung has won a huge percentage of orders for the production of Apple's next-generation "A9" system-on-a-chip, variations of which are expected to power this year's iOS device lineup, according to a new report.

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Apple's 'iPhone 6s' again rumored to feature 'Force Touch', 2GB RAM

01/15/2015, 09:01 am

For the second time in as many days, a report from Asia claims that Apple plans to bring the "Force Touch" technology from the Apple Watch to the next-generation iPhone and double the forthcoming handset's built-in RAM to 2 gigabytes.

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Conflicting reports claim TSMC, Samsung each have upper hand for building Apple's 'A9' chip

12/30/2014, 02:12 pm

The outlook remains murky for Apple's anticipated "A9" processor, expected to arrive in its 2015 iPhone, with a pair of new reports disagreeing on whether Samsung or TSMC will build the bulk of next-generation chips.

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Rumor: Samsung begins building first 'A9' chips for Apple with 14nm process

12/12/2014, 09:12 am

After Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. reportedly built the majority of A8 chips for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple is said to have begun turning back to Samsung for its next-generation "A9" processor, which is expected to power the company's 2015 iPhone lineup.

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Rumor: Apple taps rival Samsung to build majority of A-series chips starting next year

11/17/2014, 10:11 am

A new rumor suggests that Apple has struck a major new agreement with its chief rival, Samsung, in which the South Korean electronics maker will produce most of Apple's custom A-series processors for iPhone and iPad starting in 2015.

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Samsung wins contract to build 14-nanometer Apple 'A9' chips - report

10/02/2014, 09:10 am

Though the A8 chip was recently unveiled in the iPhone 6, Apple is said to already be lining up deals for next year's presumed "A9" processor, which will reportedly be manufactured with a 14-nanometer process by longtime partner Samsung.

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Rumor: TSMC, Apple working on 16nm FinFET process for 'A9' chips

08/25/2014, 12:08 pm

A Monday morning report from the Republic of China indicated that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is in the process of accelerating the rollout of its new 16-nanometer FinFET fabrication process in a possible bid to wrest control of Apple's A9 manufacturing from rival chipmakers.

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Rumor: Samsung lands orders to trial 14nm Apple 'A9' chips at New York fab

07/01/2014, 08:07 am

Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries are reportedly planning to begin building 14-nanometer mobile chips in small quantities at a New York-based facility in early 2015, which could set the stage for the team to begin building "A9" chips for Apple, according to a new report.

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