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  • Industry Sources Claim Samsung to Receive 75% of Apple's A9 SoC Orders

    According to a recent report, Samsung has won a large percentage of orders for the production of Apple’s next-gen “A9” system-on-a-chip, several of which are to be expected in this year’s iOS device lineup. The South Korean publication Maeil Business Newspaper recently reported that Samsung’s plant in Austin, Texas is going to be responsible for 75% of the orders coming from Apple’s upcoming SoC, which has presumably been dubbed the “A9” given the Cupertino California company’s naming convention.

    The sources claimed that the Cupertino California company is looking to use Samsung’s advanced 14-nanometer FinFET fabrication process. Prior to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Samsung was responsible for fabricating all A-series silicon but that position changed when Apple tapped Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to handle part of A8 production. As the demand for Apple’s iOS devices increases, Apple has started to diversify its supply chain to cope with unexpected slowdowns like low yield rates on cutting edge technology.

    The final distribution numbers haven’t been revealed yet but TSMC is likely going to play a part of Apple’s SoC supply chain. After the latest iPhone hit shelves in September, a teardown and chip analysis revealed that an A8 processor built on TSMC’s 20nm CMOS process. We still don’t know who has the best silicon contract for 2015. We’ll have to wait and see when more concrete information is revealed.

    Source: Maeil Business Newspaper via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Industry Sources Claim Samsung to Receive 75% of Apple's A9 SoC Orders started by Akshay Masand View original post