Taiwan Economic Times reports that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has started trial production of Apple’s A6 system-on-chip, which is expected to power iOS devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that will be launched in 2012.
Taiwan Economic Times reports:
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TSMC), the world’s largest semiconductor foundry by market shares now, has allegedly started trial production of the A6 processor in cooperation with Apple Inc., with the production design to be taped out in the first quarter of next year and scheduled to be publicly unveiled in the second quarter at the earliest, according to industry sources.
Samsung currently manufactures Apple’s A5 chip, but today’s report suggests that Apple is either moving away from Samsung or is trying to add another manufacturer to handle the growing demand for iOS devices.
The report also reveals that TSMC is using its newest 28-nanometer process and 3D stacking technologies to produce the next-generation processor A6 system-on-chip. The report also claims that A6 will also be based on the ARM architecture like the current and previous generation processors.
According to Apple, the A5 chip was the first dual core processor for tablets shipped in volume, with up to 2 times faster CPU and up to 9 times faster graphics, but using the same low power as the A4 chip.
Though it’s taken for granted that the next generation A6 system-on-chip will come with a faster CPU and graphics, it will be interesting to see if the A6 processor will sport a quad-core processor.
[via Taiwan Economic Times]