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Apple Reportedly To Fire Samsung In Favor of TSMC for A7 Chip Production

Some of the biggest news that swarmed the tech world last year concern the fierce legal battles between Apple and Samsung. The lawsuit covered both the software and hardware aspects, and everything in between. However, one can't deny that both companies are still business partners. But there have been numerous reports that the Cupertino giant have been making its move to sever all ties with the South Korean company. A new report suggests that Apple will be ditching Samsung in favor of a Taiwan-based company when it comes to producing its next-generation processors.

Apple A7 Processor

According to the report of Korea Times, Apple is now "sharing confidential data" to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) regarding its upcoming A7 processors. If anyone can recall, this is not the first time that TSMC's name came up with regards to chip production. In a statement of an executive at one of Samsung's local partners, he said:

Apple is sharing confidential data for its next A7 system-on-chip (SoC) with the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). TSMC has begun ordering its contractors to supply equipment to produce Appleā€™s next processors using a finer 20-nanometer level processing technology.

The current A6 and A6X chips are created by utilizing 32-nanometer high-k metal gate architecture. By switching to the finer 20-nanometer technology, this will allow more room for shrinking the die. This is essential because you have to take into consideration that the A6X chip found on the iPad 4 has a 26 percent larger die as compared to the iPhone 5's A6 chip. With the new processing technology for the A7 chip, this will not only be in-tune with Apple's smaller and thinner mantra but it will also bring about better power saving features.

If this particular deal does push through, it will be a big blow to Samsung's semiconductor business. These two companies have been in each other throats for quite a while now, so this potential development is not exactly surprising. However, even if there's no rift between the two companies, Samsung is having trouble when it comes to shrinking the die size which just doesn't jive with Apple's vision. Either way, switching to TSMC for the A7 chip is the best, logical decision for the Cupertino outfit. [via ZDNet]

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