Thursday, April 16, 2015

TSMC has received 30% of orders for the production of Apple A9 processors for new iPhone

Apple at the last minute decided to continue cooperation with Taiwan TSMC, placing at the contractual provider of about 30% of orders for the release of processors Apple A9. This was announced by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, citing informed sources. These chips will be used in the next generation iPhone and iPad.

In early April edition of Bloomberg wrote that Apple should go back to the procurement of microprocessors for iPhone and iPad from Samsung. The Korean company has been a supplier of chips for smartphones and tablets Apple until 2014, when the latter is switched on processors TSMC. Currently TSMC produces most of the SoC for the iPhone 6 and iPad last generation.
However, the timing of delivery of the next generation of chips were in jeopardy. As pointed out by Kuo, the yield rate of microchips with the release of the Samsung Apple A9 was only 30%, while the industry standard for a rate of not less than 50%. In addition, the Samsung underestimated the demand for the flagship smartphone Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
The company will have to increase production of 14-nm mobile processors to meet their own needs. In this situation, the interests of other customers sidelined. As for TSMC, 16-nanometer technology FinFET is fully compliant with Apple's assembly yield crystals.
Thus, one third of production orders Apple A9 get TSMC, and the remaining 70% will depart Samsung and its manufacturing partner Globalfoundries.