TSMC to Exclusively Supply A12 Processors to Apple in 2018

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After winning orders for the A10 and A11 chip, TSMC will reportedly be the sole supplier of A12 chips for the 2018 iPhones as well.

TSMC will be fabricating A12 chips for all the three iPhone models that Apple plans to launch in 2018. The chip will be based on the 7nm fabrication process and make use of extreme UV tech to pack in more transistors on a smaller wafer.

Apple’s hexa-core A11 Bionic chip broke all benchmark records and with A12, the company is only expected to set the bar even higher.

TSMC has also won orders from Qualcomm for fabricating its chips, though the Snapdragon 845 which will be found inside major upcoming Android flagships like the Galaxy S9 and HTC U12. Samsung’s 7nm foundry is still not ready which is why it is losing out orders to TSMC this year. Instead, it is fabricating chips on its second generation 10nm foundry for now.

Samsung last supplied Apple with A9 chips that was used in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Apple already relies heavily on Samsung for various iPhone components so its understandable why the company does not want to give any more component orders to the Korean company.

The report also states that Samsung is looking to expand its market share to 25 percent over the next five years. For this, the company is looking to diversify its customer base in various application fields.

[Via DigiTimes]

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