“Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TSMC), the world’s largest semiconductor foundry by market shares now, has allegedly started trial production of the A6 processor in cooperation with Apple Inc. with the production design to be taped out in the first quarter of next year and scheduled to be publicly unveiled in the second quarter at the earliest, according to industry sources,” Steve Chuang reports for China Economic News.
“Accordingly, TSMC has applied its newest 28-nanometer process and 3D stacking technologies to produce the next-generation processor A6, which is based on the ARM architecture and will undergo TSMC’s cutting-edge silicon interposer and bump on trace (BOT) methodologies,” Chuang reports. “Noteworthily, Taiwan’s leading semiconductor testing and packaging company, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc, is expected to also benefit from the A6 processor production, noted the sources, saying that the company, which has partnered TSMC to develop the 3D chip-packaging technology, is very likely to snap up the order for processor packaging in the future.”
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