Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Friday October 12, 2018

TSMC Will Make All of Apple's A13 Chips

Sources tell Digitimes that TSMC will the the sole supplier of Apple's 7nm A13 chips in 2019. With Globalfoundries out of the leading edge process game, that means AMD, Nvidia, and other chip designers like Mediatek and Huawei will have to share TSMC's 7nm production capacity with the 800 pound gorilla of the tech world. TSMC's global pure-play foundry marketshare is expected to rise from 56% to 60%.

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TSMC's in-house developed integrated fan-out (InFO) wafer-level packaging technology has made its 7nm process technology more competitive than its counterparts, the sources suggested. TSMC is also expected to introduce the industry's first commercially-available 7nm EUV process, the sources believe. With Globalfoundries putting its 7nm plans on hold indefinitely, TSMC will have fewer competitors in the advanced sub-10nm process segment. TSMC is also ahead of Samsung in the 7nm foundry business as the Korea-based foundry has secured orders from only Qualcomm and its own mobile division, the sources noted.