TSMC to fabricate Apple’s forthcoming A7 processor, sources say

“Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to tape out Apple’s A7 processor on a 20nm process in March and then move the chip into risk production in May-June, which will pave the way for commercial shipments in the first quarter of 2014, according to industry sources,” Josephine Lien and Steve Shen report for DigiTimes. “TSMC declined to comment on market report.”

Lien and Shen report, “TSMC will utilize 14-fab to manufacture the A7 chips for Apple.”

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11 Comments

  1. The dates seem quite out of step with Apple’s typical introduction plans. If we assume for a moment the article is correct then there will be no new processors for the new iPhone or new iPad this year. I really doubt that this is reality.

    1. Do they need a new processor? My latest iPad and iPhone 5 run so fast I can’t feel any delays anywhere. I probably wouldn’t know the difference if the chip was any faster, would you?

      The only reason I can imagine for a new chip would be for some new capabilities such as longer battery life, or something we haven’t thought about. I can’t believe their goal of a new Chip is to compete on performance. Who would know the difference?

  2. It also doesn’t mean TSMC will be the only provider, or that 20nm is for this year. Perhaps first there will be a 32 or 28nm A7. This has happened before.

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