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  • CEO of Foxconn Terry Guo Reportedly Lobbied Apple to Choose TSMC for A9 Chip Production


    Apple’s choice to give contracts for its next-gen “A9” chip to TSMC as opposed to single-sourcing parts from Samsung was reportedly the result of a concerted lobbying effort from fellow Taiwanese firms. Terry Guo of Foxconn said he pushed the Cupertino California company to pick TSMC because Taiwanese companies have to “stick together” against the “Korean Wave,” according to UDN.

    Although the exact fabrication arrangement and contract details for Apple’s “A9” chip continue to remain unknown, TSMC is thought to have won as much as 30% of the orders. The company split A9 production between TSMC and Samsung, a move which was said to be a “last-minute decision” on Apple’s part.

    For those of you who didn’t know, Terry Guo is the CEO of Foxconn, which is one of Apple’s closest allies and likely holds significant sway with Apple executives. Foxconn is currently responsible for the manufacturing and assembly of the majority of Apple’s products. The company helps Apple’s operations team manage the company’s large growth. Samsung on the other hand maintains a somewhat testy relationship with Apple. Both are each other’s’ biggest rivals when it comes to smartphones and tablets while Samsung’s foundry unit operates independently from its consumer electronics division.

    It isn’t a surprise to learn that Guo pushed for Apple to work with TSMC and even less surprising to see that Apple listened considering how reliant Apple is on Foxconn.

    Source: UDN via GforGames
    This article was originally published in forum thread: CEO of Foxconn Terry Guo Reportedly Lobbied Apple to Choose TSMC for A9 Chip Production started by Akshay Masand View original post