Apple to Give TSMC A Trial Production of A6X Chip As Apple Cuts Ties With Samsung
The bitter rivalry between Apple and Samsung has led to a lot of legal issues between the companies and a lot of disagreements have led to Apple looking to move their chip-making
away from Samsung for mobile devices. Samsung has also stopped making batteries
for Apple's devices.
Since this possible move, questions asking where Apple would go as an alternative to Samsung for chip-making have popped up and speculation hasn't been shy. Apple’s iOS devices are extremely popular around the world and the demand for the mobile chips that power these devices is no lower than the demand for the devices themselves. That being said, Apple does need to choose someone that they can depend on to have the output Apple needs.
Apple is reportedly ready to give TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.)
a trial production period of the A6X chip that powers the latest iPad. The trial production period would allow for Apple to see how reliable TSMC is as a chip-maker and if they can produce what the Cupertino-based company needs. If all goes well, TSMC might be behind future chips, as well.
Apple’s A6X chip delivers twice the processing performance of the A5X chip that debuted in the third-generation iPad and it even out-paces the iPhone 5's A6 chip.