Samsung and GlobalFoundries reportedly win majority of Apple A9 chip orders

“Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries have secured a combined 70% of orders for Apple’s A9 processors with their 14nm FinFET technology, according to industry sources,” Josephine Lien and Jessie Shen report for DigiTimes.

“Globalfoundries will be used as a backup fab by Samsung for the manufacture of Apple’s 14nm A9 chips, with the availability of production capacity estimated at 20,000-30,000 wafers monthly, the sources indicated,” Lien and Shen report. “Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which fabricates all of Apple’s A8 chips for the iPhone 6 devices, will take up the remaining 30% of orders for Apple’s next-generation A9 chips with its 16nm FinFET process, the sources noted.”

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Samsung begins stamping out Apple A9 processors in 14nm FinFET in Texas – December 12, 2014
GlobalFoundries could stamp out Apple A9 processors in upstate New York – December 11, 2014
TSMC overtakes Samsung in FinFET, confident they will land Apple A9 orders – October 7, 2014
Samsung pins hopes on sales boost from Apple A9 chip deal – October 2, 2014
Samsung/Globalfoundries, TSMC fight to land Apple A9 processor orders – July 1, 2014


  1. The creative writing course these guys took really has paid off. I bet Samsung is a week away from reporting abysmal numbers. Even then they will not write down their inventories which if they did would really show the true state of their mobile business.

    Baloney by the soulless.

    1. Since Apple went with TSMC for the majority of the A8s this year, Samsung found out the hard way what the financial cost of going against Apple feels like. I’ll bet Apple negotiated a very good deal with Samsung A9 chip fabrication.

    1. This is not a down-votable idea as someone did. It’s a great idea. Samsung needs to be cut off completely and feel the intense financial pain of having gone against Apple in every way imaginable, starting with egregious and unforgivable copying. Scamsucks remains on my device boycott list for all time.

  2. So 3 of every 10 A9 chips (assuming ideal/equal ‘good’ wafer rates) will be at a 16nm size rather than the 14nm.. I wonder how much of a difference it will make to how the devices work and last?

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