• Samsung and Globalfoundries Team Reportedly Land 14nm Orders from Apple and Qualcomm

    Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries are reportedly planning to begin building 14-nanometer mobile chips in small quantities at a New York-based facility in early 2015, which could set the stage for the team to begin building "A9" chips for Apple, according to a new report. The details come from DigiTimes, meaning the information should be taken with a grain of salt. The publication stated Samsung and Globalfoundries will begin rolling out 14-nanometer chips from Samsung’s Fab 8 in New York with a capacity of 60,000 wafers a month, using a so-called “low power early” process.

    If the information turns out to be true, the location would be a change, as Samsung currently builds custom processors for Apple at its Austin, Texas fabrication plant. After trial production later this year, Samsung and Globalfoundries are expected to begin producing 14-nanometer chips in small quantities in early 2015. That is reportedly in hopes of landing deals with two major partners: Apple and Qualcomm.

    DigiTimes claims that Apple’s anticipated “A9” processor could be based on a 14-nanometer process if Samsung and Globalfoundries win the final contract. This isn’t a sure thing though as both Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company are also said to be in the running. No details on a potential Intel deal were given but TSMC is reportedly aiming to win orders for Apple’s “A9” with its own 16-nanometer FinFET Turbo chipmaking process, said to be tailored to Apple’s requirements.

    If Apple were to stick to its usual annual chip updates, an “A9” processor would debut in late 2015 in the company’s latest iPhone and iPad models. The current lineup, introduced in late 2013, runs on A7 processors, and an “A8” chip is expected to debut in new iPhones and iPads this fall. Samsung first connected to Apple’s anticipated “A9” chips a year ago in a supply chain rumor. The report also suggested that Samsung would use its 14-nanometer processor to build the processors.

    We’ll have to wait and see what ends up happening.

    Source: DigiTimes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Samsung and Globalfoundries Team Reportedly Land 14nm Orders from Apple and Qualcomm started by Akshay Masand View original post
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      yohomie -
      "We’ll have to wait and see what ends up happening."

      Stating the obvious...
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