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Apple reportedly tape out A11 chips on TSMC's 10nm process

Apple reportedly tape out A11 chips on TSMC's 10nm process

Apple reportedly tape out A11 chips on TSMC's 10nm process

Apple reportedly tape out A11 chips on TSMC's 10nm process

 

Apple has reportedly taped out A11 chips on TSMC's 10nm FinFET process, with volume production of 10nm chips expected as early as Q2 2017. 

This new A11 chip will be expected to power Apple's 2017 iPhone, which is expected to release sometime in the second half of 2017. TSMC is said to have claimed around two-thirds of Apple's total A11 orders, hinting that Apple prefers TSMC FinFET processing node over Samsung's competing foundry tech, though TSMC  has refused to comment on the rumor.  

  

Apple reportedly tape out A11 chips on TSMC's 10nm process  

 

In the past, TSMC's 16nm FinFET and Samsung's 14nm FinFET processing technology has been used to create Apple's A9 SoC, a chip which was used on their iPhone 6s. With both phones being marketed as the same product many Apple users were concerned that one chip was more power efficient, or more powerful than the other, leaving many to hold off on their purchases. 

If these rumors are correct it seems that Apple will continue to create their chips with several different manufacturers, hinting that these competing technologies offer similar performance and power consumption figures. 

 

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09-05-2016, 22:32:21

NeverBackDown
Hmm I wonder how many they taped out if it's 2/3's of the orders. Didn't think 10nm was ready for that level of volume production, considering they sell 10's of millions of the phonesQuote
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