Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has started producing Apple A8 processors , which will be used in mobile devices, the iPhone and iPad next generation , according to the resource Taipei.
From the very first production of Apple devices , the company has used them processors from one of its main competitors in this segment, the South Korean Samsung. Last year there were rumors that the Cupertino-based company is seeking to reduce this dependence , and ongoing litigation do not contribute to the warmth of relations between the two companies.
Things began to change ” for the better” lately. Now the production of chips for Apple will also deal with the manufacturer of semiconductor products Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). However, supplies reduction from Samsung will be gradual and the Korean firm in the future will continue to be one of the suppliers of the California corporation.
TSMC, according to rumors, Apple will ship processors manufactured on 20nm process technology , the publication that in comparison with the 32 nm chips A5 and A6 from Samsung have a positive impact on efficiency and productivity. A8 chip packaging technology provides PoP (package-on-package), when the CPU and RAM are enclosed in a single structure .
It is noteworthy that in the previously published plans TSMC production of processors and is listed on the 16 – nanometer technology FinFET. Running these chips is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015. Among the main features of the so-called FinFET celebrated three-dimensional transistor , first used by TSMC. Compared to the 28 nm technology , increased transistor density twice. Thus transistors increases the speed by 35% while maintaining the same power , or remains at the same level while reducing power consumption by 55 %.
It is assumed that in 2015 the share of TSMC will get 60-70 % of the total production of the number of Apple processors.