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Topic: A9

Apple says battery life gap only 2-3 percent in TSMC, Samsung A9 chips

10/08/2015, 05:10 pm

Trying to quell rumors, Apple on Thursday issued a statement claiming there is little difference in the battery life of iPhones using A9 chips made by TSMC versus those made by Samsung.


iPhone 6s photos get sharper, better color with less noise via A9, 12 megapixel sensor

10/06/2015, 04:10 pm

Apple's iPhone 6 was already a great mobile camera, a fact the company touted globally in billboards featuring shots actual taken by the phone. With iPhone 6s, a faster, smarter processor and new 12MP image sensor deliver a sharper, more vibrant photography upgrade.


Both Samsung and TSMC confirmed as Apple A9 SoC manufacturers, Samsung version 10% smaller

09/28/2015, 05:09 pm

It appears Apple divvied out orders for its A9 system-on-chip design, deployed in the latest iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets, to both Samsung and TSMC, though Samsung's version boasts a significantly smaller footprint thanks to advanced fabrication technologies.


Apple Inc A9 chip cores in iPhone 6s and 6s Plus deliver a processor punch to Samsung, Qualcomm

09/25/2015, 03:09 pm

Preliminary testing of Apple's latest A-series mobile Application Processor shows that it brings a big jump in general CPU performance over last year's already speedy A8. It also advances Apple's lead in proprietary ARM core design performance over Samsung and Qualcomm.


Apple's efficient M9 coprocessor will let your iPhone 6s track pace, make 'Hey Siri' always on

09/10/2015, 02:09 pm

Inside the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is an upgraded M9 motion coprocessor that borrows new fitness capabilities from the Apple Watch, by estimating your walking or running pace.


iPhone 6s will have smaller 1,715 mAh battery, but Apple advertises identical battery life

09/10/2015, 09:09 am

Despite sporting a more powerful processor and other new technologies, the iPhone 6s will actually use a smaller battery than the one found in the iPhone 6, apparently squeezing out the same amount of uptime with new efficiencies in the handset.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.