Apple rumors bloom near Malta, NY: New speculation centers on GlobalFoundries as Cupertino’s chip maker

“There is no reason GlobalFoundries couldn’t be the company that Apple wants to make its next iPhone and iPad chips, possibly in New York state,” Larry Rulison reports for The Albany Times-Union.

“Speculation has centered around Apple tapping Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. — a main rival to GlobalFoundries — to replace Samsung as the maker of the A-series central processors that power Apple’s popular mobile devices,” Rulison reports. “Analysts have predicted that the iPhone and iPad logic chip business could be awarded to TSMC, although the Taiwan-based company, which like GlobalFoundries is a so-called foundry that makes chips for other companies, doesn’t currently have the capacity to serve a giant customer like Apple without building extra capacity or pushing aside other customers.”

Apple's A6X custom system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor
Apple’s A6X custom system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor

Rulison reports, “Some industry insiders have suggested GlobalFoundries is well suited to making Apple’s sophisticated chips — and the company already has Fab 8 up and running along with room for two additional fabs on its 223-acre site. So why wouldn’t GlobalFoundries be behind the top-secret ‘Project Azalea?'”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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