Digitimes is confirming that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has started to ‘tape-out’ the A11 processor likely to energy the 2017-design iPhone. Taping out may be the stage at that the preliminary style is completed and prepared to produce the photomask that’ll be employed for produce.
There’s, however, nevertheless a way togo prior to the processor makes it into manufacturing. The A11 relies on a 10-nanometer process, which TSMC continues to be focusing on. The organization needs its 10nm procedure to become licensed within the closing quarter of the year, to provide examples to Apple within the first quarter of 2017 and to start manufacturing the next fraction.
Digitimes reviews its resources as stating that TSMC is looking to obtain around two thirds of Apple’s purchases for that processor. It had been documented in Feb the organization was to become the only producer of the A10 processor, with Samsung dropping out.
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