A6 ship in the way from Apple by TSMC

Apple has been reported to be shifting its chip manufacturing from Samsung to a “non-competititor” such as TSMC. Whether TSMC actually wins the contract from Apple will depend on their ability to produce a high enough yield of the A6 processors.

according to reports :

TSMC has got all the authorization and details ready. Whether Apple puts in a formal order will depend on the yield rate.

Rumors that Apple would shift production of its processors away from Samsung began shortly after the two companies entered a collection of legal spats. Apple initiated the battle by suing Samsung for allegedly copying the iPhone with its Galaxy smartphone. Samsung then launched a counterattack which could cost the company dearly. If Apple’s deals with TSMC does come to fruition, it will be a massive loss to Samsung.

The A6 processor is expected to begin shipping in 2012, and will no doubt be introduced in Apple’s 2012 iPad. Although its technical specifications remain a mystery, the chip is rumored to boast the latest PowerVR Series 6 GPU — which promises to improve graphical performance significantly over the A5.


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