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To: robert b furman who wrote (1917)2/15/2011 12:19:45 AM
From: etchmeister  Read Replies (2) of 1929
Apple reportedly to hand processor orders to TSMC
(my 2 cents - apple could pick up Global Foundries but as far as I understand they are not for sale and apple would run into similar problems with its i phone because QCOM is one of GF's top 28nm customers as far as I understand - it can be tricky not owning a fab - again stick with the ones that actually provide the tools to implement the technology - when two fight each other the third party has a good laugh)

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Nancy Cheng, Taipei; Willie Teng, DIGITIMES [Tuesday 15 February 2011]

Apple is reportedly looking to outsource the production of its A4 processor as well as the next-generation ARM Cortex-A9-based A5 processor to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to industry sources. The Apple A4 processor is currently exclusively produced by Samsung Electronics, and the previous S5PC100 used in the iPhone 3GS was also developed and manufactured by the Korean company.

TSMC declined to comment on the report.

With Samsung now competing directly with Apple with its own smartphones and tablet PC, Apple is reportedly concerned about leakage of its processor technology to a major rival in the end-use market.

In fact, Apple already began handling some A4 orders to TSMC in 2010 when Samsung's capacity was unable to fulfill strong demand of Apple devices, the sources said, adding that the move at the time was perhaps to test TSMC's capability.

According to Digitimes Research, the iPad 2 will support an enhanced version of the A4 and the A5 will power the iPhone 5. TSMC will initially produce the improved A4, and could likely become the exclusive manufacturer of the A5.

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