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Apple to no longer rely on Samsung with A8 production – to rely on TSMC instead

Press release   •   Feb 18, 2014 19:45 GMT

Apple and Samsung are at war. Each company is accusing the other camp of infringing on their patents, resulting in an epic patent legal dispute. Despite their differences, the two remain business partners with Samsung providing Apple with Ax processors. A report is saying that this partnership will come to a close with the A8, with Apple relying solely on TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company).

This is according to TechNews, a Chinese-speaking site. The report was spotted and translated by GforGames. It reports, “According to fresh reports coming from the Taiwanese media, Samsung has dropped out of the Apple A8 race, and Apple’s order for the aforementioned SoC will be handled entirely by TSMC instead. TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) is the largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry in the world.

“The reason why Samsung is reportedly out of the race is because the A8 CPU is expected to be built using 20nm manufacturing process, and apparently Samsung is facing low yield production issues with the chip. On the other hand, TSMC has supposedly been able to meet Apple’s demands, and chances are that the aforementioned giant will handle all the production.”

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