The Apple A8 ‘fab’ enigma: Is it TSMC, Samsung, or both?

March 10, 2014No Comments

The PR battle between Samsung and TSMC is going into high gear over who is making Apple’s next-gen processor.

Samsung made the A7 processor. Who’s making the A8?

One thing is certain about Apple’s next-gen processor. Both Taiwan Semiconductor anufacturing Co. and Samsung claim they’re making it.

On Monday, Samsung laid claim to its participation, according to a report from ZDNet Korea.

Samsung has signed a “foundry” agreement with Apple for A8 production, the report said.

But wait. Last week, we heard that TSMC had the A8 in the bag.

Wait again. Earlier this month, a chip industry specialist told CNET that Samsung was still very involved in making chips for Apple, though he didn’t make any specific reference to the A8.

That same source, Dan Hutcheson, CEO of chip industry tracker VLSI Research, did tell CNET, however, that it’s possible that Apple could be getting future processors from more than one source.

So, maybe both claims are accurate.

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