It has long been rumored that Apple will be tapping Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. or TSMC to build the chips for its mobile devices. This move has been anticipated for a long time, as Apple is quite obviously distancing itself from one of its toughest rivals, Samsung. The Korean company, despite being embroiled in several lawsuits against Apple, produced chips for the Cupertino outfit. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has finally signed a deal with TSMC, which will being making chips for it early next year.
One of the reasons said to have delayed this deal was the standard and pace of TSMC’s manufacturing process, they were reportedly falling short of Apple’s standards. Even though that this deal has been made, through next year Samsung will remain one of the principle suppliers of mobile chips for Apple. The company has evidently been moving away its business from Samsung, it no longer gets iPhone displays from Samsung, has reduced the orders of iPad displays and its buying flash memory chips from other manufacturers. TSMC is expected to begin mass production based on the 20 nanometer process early next year, this process will make chips smaller and much more power efficient.
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