Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to produce bulk of Apple A8 SoCs
TSMC to handle 60-70 percent of A8 production, with Samsung handing the remainder.
The Korea Economic Daily reports Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will be handling the lion’s share of production for Apple’s A8 System on a Chip (SoC), with Samsung producing only 20 to 30 percent.
Currently, Samsung is the sole supplier of iPad and iPhone SoCs. Its silicon powers the 64-bit A7 processor found in the new iPhone 5s.
In June the Wall Street Journal reported Apple had signed a contract with TSMC for SoC production, leading some to believe that TSMC would be the sole provider of processor silicon to Apple.The Taiwan angle seemed to strengthen in August, when VR-Zone reported Apple was beginning hiring in Taipei for a soon-to-be constructed development center.
Samsung has been a crucial part of the iPhone’s supply chain since its launch in 2007, something that Apple has struggled to change as the two companies have become fierce rivals.
Source: Korea Economic Daily