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TSMC, not Samsung, to get Apple's A6 SoC production?

By Jos · 5 replies
Jul 15, 2011
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  1. We've been hearing rumors that Apple plans to move A6 SoC production away from Samsung in 2012, favoring TSMC instead. The next generation chip is still a bit far off…

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,484   +1,288

    Makes sense...
  3. I wonder if TMSC will be able to meet demand -- I've never even heard of them, whereas Samsung has massive production facilities all over the place.

    Doesn't seem like a smart move to me other than apple just being butthurt.
  4. Your never heard of TSMC?
    That's really sad.

    TSMC is public traded a dedicated contract manufacturer, they are the major reason why many chip makers can go "fab-less" since the late 90's and focus on IC design. Obviously you know nothing about semi. Google their annual revenue and check out their clients list.

    Why go with Samsung when they can just steal your IP and precious know how?
  5. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    wow... have you been living under a rock? lol no offense :D

    TSMC has been manufacturing semiconductors arguably way longer before Samsung started doing them. if you think Samsung is big, TSMC has some crazy 60%+ of entire world's semiconductor market share. they're the biggest in the world!!!... that computer chip you used in the 90's, 2000's all TSMC. all Nvidia/AMD chipes came from TSMC in one form or another.

    i might be lil off on a few things... but there's no doubt on the scale and fame of TSMC's foot print. these guys are part of history of what making cheap and affordable personal computer possible. before that, IBM was manufacturing their own chips at a sky rocketing cost.
  6. mosu

    mosu TS Evangelist Posts: 497   +106

    So, with no disrespect to hard work, TSMC is kinda sweatshop for semiconductors heavily subsidized by the Taiwan government.Keep up the good work, but I still like Samsung products.

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