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Topic: TSMC

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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Samsung's chipmaking business posts weak outlook as rumors of Apple shift persist

08/05/2014, 09:08 am

To date, Samsung has been the sole supplier of custom A-series processors for Apple's popular iPhone and iPad, but industry watchers again expect that to change after the South Korean company signaled that its microprocessor business has a bleak outlook.

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Rumor: Samsung to take over Apple A-series chip production from TSMC in 2015

07/17/2014, 01:07 am

A report on Wednesday claims Samsung will likely take over fabrication orders for Apple's next-generation custom A-series mobile device processors from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. in 2015.

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Apple begins receiving shipments of A-series processors from TSMC - report

07/10/2014, 07:07 am

Following years of rumors, chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has begun production of Apple's A-series processors and the chips are now making their way to assembly plants, according to a Thursday morning report from Hong Kong.

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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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Rumor: TSMC now building quad-core 'A8' chips for Apple's next-gen iPhone

03/05/2014, 12:03 pm

While rumors of a partnership between Apple and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. have lingered for years, yet another report on Wednesday claims once again that the Taiwanese chipmaker is now producing chips for the company -- namely a next-generation "A8" processor for the 2014 iPhone.

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Rumor: Apple lining up suppliers for next-gen 'A8' processor

01/27/2014, 09:01 am

A trio of semiconductor product packaging companies have reportedly been tapped by Apple to help supply the company's next-generation "A8" mobile processor, according to a new rumor.

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Rumor: Apple to shrink A-series chips to 14nm in 2015, TSMC to lead production

12/18/2013, 10:12 am

A new report out of Taiwan suggests that Apple will not only diversify the supply chain for its next-generation A-series processors, but that the company will also make the leap to a much more advanced fabrication process.

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Apple orders for A-series chips expected to contribute up to 10% of TSMC's 2014 revenue

12/13/2013, 09:12 am

As Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC gets set to ramp up production on its 20-nanometer process fab in January, some analysts believe the company is poised to take a large bite out of rival Samsung's supply contract for Apple's A-series processors.

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Samsung to reportedly share production of Apple's 'A8' SoC with TSMC

09/30/2013, 05:09 am

A rumor out of the Far East on Sunday claims Apple has once again retained Samsung's services to build a next-generation processor dubbed the "A8," though a majority of production will reportedly be handled by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

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TSMC holds job fair in NY, fueling rumors of new US chip fab for Apple

07/30/2013, 08:07 am

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. recently held a job fair in upstate New York, helping to drive up expectations that the chipmaker is planning to open a chip fabrication plant in the area to build mobile processors for Apple.

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Apple reportedly taps Samsung to build A9 SoCs for 2015 iPhones, iPads

07/14/2013, 10:07 pm

A report from the Far East on Sunday claims Apple will go back to smartphone rival Samsung for production of its next-generation iOS device processors, with ramp-up and deployment scheduled for 2015.

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Rumor: Apple buys into chip fab, plans to build its own silicon

07/12/2013, 11:07 am

Apple may move beyond designing silicon and actually build its own mobile chips, rather than relying entirely on third-party suppliers like Samsung or TSMC, a new rumor claims.

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Rumor: TSMC inks deal to build 20nm 'A8' chips for Apple starting this year

06/24/2013, 08:06 am

A new report claims that Apple and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. have actually sealed the deal on a three-year agreement to supply A-series chips for future iPhones and iPads.

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Apple could foster ties with Taiwan's tech industry in manufacture of rumored fingerprint sensor

04/18/2013, 06:04 am

Production of a rumored fingerprint sensor said by some to be bound for the next-generation iPhone could rely heavily on Taiwan's semiconductor industry, strengthening Apple's ties in the region as it drifts farther away from Samsung.

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Taiwan's tech companies banding together with Apple to take on Samsung

04/17/2013, 09:04 am

The dominance of South Korea's Samsung in the technology industry's supply chain has sparked fears among Taiwan-based companies, who are making moves to counter Samsung and align with major device makers like Apple.

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Samsung excluded from development of Apple's next-gen 'A7' chip - report

04/10/2013, 11:04 am

The growing rift between Samsung and Apple has led to Samsung being cut out of the development process of Apple's next-generation custom chips for the iPhone and iPad, according to a new report.

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Rumor: Apple's expiring chip contract with Samsung will lead to TSMC-built 'A7' chips

04/02/2013, 08:04 am

Apple's future "A7" chips for 2014's "iPhone 6" will be built by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. once the existing contract with Samsung expires, a new rumor claims.

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Rumor: Intel could land 10% of Apple's 'A7' chip orders

03/12/2013, 08:03 am

As Intel gets into the chip contracting business, the company could obtain as much as 10 percent of Apple's next-generation mobile chip orders, insiders believe.

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Apple suppliers Foxconn, TSMC to each add 5,000 jobs

03/11/2013, 11:03 am

Two of Apple's top suppliers are reportedly adding staff in apparent anticipation of an uptick in demand for their services.

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