Samsung and Globalfoundries got most of the orders for the supply of 14-nm processors Apple A9




Samsung and Globalfoundries got most of the orders for the supply of processors Apple A9, reports DigiTimes citing industry sources. According to the resource, these companies will provide up to 70% of the supply of a new generation of microchips.


Apple A9 SoC will be made on 14-nanometer technology FinFET. On the South Korean giant conveyor factories will go monthly 30 000-40 000 plates of 300 mm diameter, which is enough to not only meet the demand for A9, but also produce 14-nanometer processors for most Samsung. According to industry representatives, the next generation SoC Samsung Exynos will also be designed to produce at rates of 14 nm.

Globalfoundries company acts as a backup provider that can handle the monthly 20 000-30 000 wafers with a diameter of 300 mm.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which currently manufactures processors A8 and A8X for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2, got only 30% of orders to supply Apple A9.

According to available information, TSMC will produce Apple A9 processors to 16-nanometer technology. This means that the chip will be developed for the production of two variants, and different devices can be found Apple different modifications A9.

It is known that Apple A9 processors are 20% more productive and 35% more economical than the current generation of chips. They serve as a hardware basis for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, as well as the iPad Air and iPad mini 3 4, which will be launched this year.

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