According to China’s Economic Daily News [Google Translate, via Digitimes], Apple’s stated current A-series chip companion Taiwan Semiconductor Production Company (TSMC) is ahead of routine with its next-generation 16nm process for chip production.
The Chinese-language record asserts TSMC will begin 16nm volume manufacturing in Q1 2015, a full quarter earlier than its originally projected Q2 2015 beginning.
This development might lead the way for TSMC to provide Apple with the future A9 cpu that would certainly be used in the late 2015 iPhone.
TSMC is apparently mounting this 16mm capability in its manufacturing plants with the potential for a month-to-month output of 50,000 wafers. This ability positions TSMC favorably against Samsung as both business vie to supply Apple with processor chips for both its present as well as future iPhone and also iPad models.
Records from in 2013 proposed Samsung, GlobalFoundries as well as TSMC would discuss production of Apple’s A9 processor in 2015. Samsung is anticipated to manage the lion’s share of the manufacturing, supplying up to 40 % of Apple’s processor chip supply, although TSMC could be looking to modify that balance with its accelerated job.
GlobalFoundries, TSMC and also possibly even Intel may be used to go well with Samsung’s production to give the remaining chip inventory essential to meet Apple’s need.