Apple has signed a contract with the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) chip maker to produce processors A6X, reports Taiwanese publication Commercial Times. So far, the semiconductor products for the Cupertino company has been supply by Samsung.
It is widely known that Apple is actively looking for ways to get out of the position in which it is completely independent of its Korean rival in the mobile market: more recently manufactured displays LG Display and Sharp, RAM – Hynix, and flash memory modules – Toshiba .According to the source, TSMC will supply mobile processors for Apple in the first quarter of 2013.
Now Apple orders AX series processors from Samsung. However, if before the Cupertino ordered and design, and the very production of chips from the Korean vendor, now Samsung is engaged only in their release. According to unofficial data, the design of chips A6 and A6X Apple developed independently.
Processor A6X, which is presented in the fourth-generation iPad is the upgraded version of the chip A6, set in the iPhone 5, where he works at a frequency of 1.3 GHz. Changes needed to accelerate graphics power iPad 4, equipped with Retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. The processor involved a 4-core graphics module PowerVR SGX 554MP4, where the productivity of a similar component in the iPad 3 twice.
While the press is often said that Apple is distancing itself from Samsung, himself an American vendor publicly Korean company called “an important partner”, and so far the partnership between the two manufacturers is still high.