As reported by iOSnoops earlier this year, Apple started collaborating with TSMC instead of Samsung for its next generation A6 processor, to be used for upcoming iPhones and iPads. According to new reports, TSMC and Apple are allegedly already running trials for this new chip, expected to be ready for mass production sometime next year.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TSMC), the world’s largest semiconductor foundry by market shares now, has allegedly started trial production of the A6 processor in cooperation with Apple Inc., with the production design to be taped out in the first quarter of next year and scheduled to be publicly unveiled in the second quarter at the earliest, according to industry sourcesThe move to TSMC is a major blow to Samsung, the sole supplier of A4 and A5 processors thus far, but it does not come as a surprise, as Samsung increasingly became a threat to Apple over the last couple of years, with products such as the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab. As a result, both companies are currently involved in multiple infringement lawsuits. The Apple A6, based on the ARM Cortex architecture just like its predecessors, is expected to offer dramatic performance levels, thanks to a new quad-core architecture. Thanks to this new chip, the third generation iPad and sixth generation iPhone will see their raw processing power double, which should increase their performance, especially in heavy multi-tasking situations. The new processor will also help Apple better compete against the high performance smartphones and tablets released thus far.