Samsung to build iPhone 6’s A8 processor after all

Some time back there had been a story going around that the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) had started working on the production of an A8 Chip (Apple designed), and that too exclusively. The story, run by the Taiwan’s Commercial Times, also reported that Samsung had dropped out of the race due to problems related to yield. Now, as a result of the news, an unnamed Samsung executive has launched a PR move to counter the issue.

As per the information made public by the executive, Samsung has a contract with Apple regarding production of next generation A8 chip. Also, the final testing phases of the production are being completed at the Texas Facility.

The ‘yield’ rumors have been turned down as nothing more than an exaggeration. The anonymous Samsung official reaffirmed that both companies are in sync on the production schedule.

The mass production, which would also take place at the same Texas facility as mentioned above, would commence shortly. Another executive has hinted to the Korean media that the iPhone 6 would be up for grabs in the third quarter of the year.

The story from Commercial Time had indicated that TSMC had started production, meeting demands before the expected Fall launch. A logical assumption from this turn of events can be that both companies would be producing the A8 silicon for Apple as opposed to the previous rumors that Samsung can be cut off.

The dual production strategy makes sense since it matches with Apple’s track record of using multiple suppliers, even for the same part. This has allowed the firm to lessen risk in production and also cater to unforeseen troubles in the process. The multiple supplier approach also allows Apple to gain a price advantage because of the competition.

To complete the narrative, it is important to point that it was the Wall Street Journal that had reported the initial collaboration between Apple and TSMC to produce A8 chips.

(ZDNet Korea via GforGames)


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