Thursday, December 11, 2014

Apple A9 processors will be produced in the US

One of the largest contract manufacturers of semiconductor products Globalfoundries is headquartered in the United States expects to receive orders from Apple. It is reported by DigitTimes citing informed sources.

According to industry sources, publications, Globalfoundries has already received the first orders for the production of 14-nm processors. Previous cooperation concerned 20- and 28-nm solutions. Now Globalfoundries plans to compete for the partnership with Apple and Qualcomm.
The source explained that Globalfoundries will begin to use the FinFET-structure within the 14-nm technology, and orders have been received from AMD. In addition, the manufacturer expects to produce 14-nm technology products for Apple, and even ready for this to go on price concessions. In the case of 20-nm processors, Apple got all orders Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), but Samsung is ready to fight with a rival for getting some of the orders for the release of processors Apple next generation. There are similar motivations and Globalfoundries, which as far as business development is trying to diversify risk by increasing the number of clients.
Qualcomm distribute their orders as follows: 14-nm products are committed Samsung, a 16-nm products using FinFET will produce TSMC. It is assumed that Apple A9 processors will be released on technological standards Class «1x nm" using FinFET, and orders will be shared by TSMC, Samsung and Globalfoundries.
Semiconductor industry representatives say that the cause of the loss of orders from Apple for a new generation of processors A-series is the reluctance of the Taiwanese TSMC lower prices for their services. Globalfoundries, by contrast, is ready to offer discounts on contract manufacturing 14-nanometer chips, which use technology FinFET, to attract orders from the "apple" of the company.