It has long been rumored that Apple is looking to move away from Samsung as the manufacturer of their AX chipsets, and if the reports are to be believed, Apple’s A7 chipset could be made by TSMC. It is unknown if all of the A7 chipsets will be handled by TSMC (rumors suggest that 10% could be made by Intel), or if only a portion of it as Apple gradually reduces reliance on Samsung, but the report by Digitimes has indicated that TSMC is ready to “tape out” (the photomasking process which is one of the final steps in circuit design) the A7 chip on its 20nm process. Assuming that is the case, risk production is expected to begin in either May or June and full production will kick off in 2014, suggesting that Apple products with the A7 chipset will only debut next year. This is not too surprising given that TSMC’s 20nm manufacturing process is only expected to be ready in 2014.
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