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TSMC Starts Shipping Microprocessors to Apple

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发表于 7-10-2014 07:07:18 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
Lorraine Luk, TSMC Starts Shipping Microprocessors to Apple; After Samsung dispute, the iPhone and iPad maker seeks to diversify suppliers. Wall Street Journal, July 10, 2014 (three hours ago; it is 11 am EDT).
online.wsj.com/articles/tsmc-starts-shipping-microprocessors-to-apple-1404991514

Quote:

"TSMC began shipping its first batch of microprocessors to the Cupertino, Calif., company in the second quarter [April-June], people familiar with the matter said * * * Apple and TSMC have also agreed to work together on more advanced chips next year [when 16nm begins volume production in 1Q15], according to a person familiar with the situation. * * * Apple contracted with TSMC for the chips last year

"Apple no longer buys iPhone screens from Samsung and has reduced iPad-screen purchases, suppliers say. Since 2012, Apple has also shifted some memory-chip orders from Samsung to other Asian chip makers, such as SK Hynix Inc and Toshiba Corp, according to people familiar with the situation.

"TSMC began mass producing the application processors for Apple using its advanced 20-nanometer chip-manufacturing technology in the first quarter, the people said. * * * It is unclear how many microprocessors TSMC has shipped to Apple, and people familiar with the matter said Apple will continue to rely on Samsung for some of its microprocessor needs. * * * Apple and TSMC have also collaborated on testing next-generation microprocessors using the more advanced 16-nanometer chip-manufacturing technology that the chip maker plans to use in large scale next year, the people said.

My comment:
(a) This report is published online, to be in print tomorrow (whose title and subtitle may change then).
(b) The report does not say what chips TSMC is supplying Apple.
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