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  • Both Samsung and TSMC Start Volume Production of Apple's "A9" CPU


    According to a recent report, both Samsung and TSMC, the principal manufacturers of Apple processors have begun volume production of the next-generation “A9” CPU for the upcoming line of iPhones.

    Despite both manufacturers beginning production, TSMC is only expected to enter mass production in the fourth quarter of 2015 using its 16-nanometer FinFET process. If Apple holds to its usual September iPhone launch window, this would imply that TSMC wouldn’t be able to make a large contribution to launch-day iPhones in regards to CPUs. The company is also reportedly working on contract production of Touch ID sensors and audio chips for the new iPhones.

    Sources from DigiTimes also added that estimates are calling for roughly 80 million new iPhones to be shipped by the end of the year. This would be well below the 85 to 90 million that were recently claimed by The Wall Street Journal.

    The Cupertino California company seems to be working on at least two new iPhones for this upcoming fall quarter, both of which are being referred to as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, for obvious reasons. These smartphones should be identical to their predecessors in many aspects with the exception of touting improved specifications. Certain rumors are also pointing to the production of a budget-priced iPhone 6c but nothing is certain as of yet, we’ll just have to wait and see!

    Source: DigiTimes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Both Samsung and TSMC Start Volume Production of Apple's "A9" CPU started by Akshay Masand View original post