Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly secured 100 percent of Apple’s A11 chip orders for next year’s iPhone 8. The company is already manufacturing all of Apple’s current A10 chips for the upcoming iPhone 7 series.
“The Taiwan-based foundry will continue to be the sole supplier of Apple’s next-generation A11 processor that will be built on a 10nm FinFET process,” reports Digitimes, citing claims from Chinese-language news outlet Economic Daily News.
Back in May, it was reported that TSMC had already begun to tape out the design for Apple’s A11 processor. It is now thought that small-volume production will start during the second quarter of 2017 ahead of the iPhone 8’s launch later that fall.
However, TSMC is expected to start generated revenue from its 10nm chips during the first quarter of 2017, and revenues will “ramp steeply” throughout the year.
During a recent investors meeting, TSMC co-CEO Mark Liu revealed that three unnamed customers had made orders for the company’s 10nm chips so far. “Our first 10nm customer product has been produced with satisfactory functional yield,” he added.[via Digitimes]