• TSMC Rumored to be Preparing a Trial Run of 10-Nanometer ARM Chips for Future iPhones

    Taiwan Manufacturing Semiconductor Co., the Apple chipmaking partner better known as TSMC, is reportedly rumored to be gearing up to test production of 10-nanometer size processors starting in June. The alleged plans were first reported by the folks over at UDN.com which cited unnamed sources that suggest that the company plans to have a 10-nanometer pilot line in 12 factories. TSMC is said to be hoping to start signing contracts to produce chips before the end of the year.

    Unsurprisingly, one of the key partners thats expecting to be eyeing the process is none other than Apple. Sources reportedly indicated that TSMC could handle the bulk, or even all, of manufacturing duties for a so-called A10 chip that might arrive in 2016 as noted by the folks over at G for Games. That being said, nobody knows exactly what features or manufacturing process the A10 processor might feature. As of right now, Apple appears to be picking its partners for the anticipated A9 processor ahead of the anticipated September 2015 launch of iPhones.

    Current rumors suggest that the A9 chip might be using a 14-nanometer manufacturing process. Smaller processors are more efficient, resulting in power savings that can allow devices such as the iPhone to see improved battery life even as the chips themselves become more powerful and capable. For those of you who didnt know, the current-gen 64-bit A8 chip is manufactured through a 20-nanometer process which itself was a reduction from the previous A7 processor. As of right now, it is believed that TSMC is responsible for the majority of A8 chip production.

    Source: UDN via G for Games
    This article was originally published in forum thread: TSMC Rumored to be Preparing a Trial Run of 10-Nanometer ARM Chips for Future iPhones started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 1 Comment
    1. sheltons.iphone's Avatar
      sheltons.iphone -
      I understand that smaller chips use less battery, but we're talking nanometers, and minuscule power enhancements really...
      The biggest help is the design of the chip.
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