Report: Apple A6 processors in trial production

Trial production, for those who do not know, is a process by which a computer hardware (or mobile hardware) manufacturer makes initial batches of their hardware to test the production process and quality of the devices as well as the functionality. This is done so that no surprises come up when mass production starts. Samsung has been the company that Apple has used for production of Apple's A5 chips but that may be about to change, at least partially, according to Reuters. Samsung and Apple have been involved in ongoing lawsuits with each other, and this may be causing great tension between the two companies. According to reports, Apple may use the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for production of the next generation Apple A6 processor. In fact, TSMC has started trial production of the processor.

Fubon Securities analyst William Wang says that the issue is not whether Apple will use TSMC, but rather how much the company has been allocated to produce. He says that, "Apple won't give the whole 100 percent to TSMC. Maybe it'll allocate only 20-30 percent."

TSMC will not comment, nor will Apple or Samsung. However TSMC does have experience working with the ARM processor architecture and Apple's chips are based off this design. TSMC has allocated over seven billion dollars to update their technology and add fabrication capacity to their facilities.. It makes one think they are expecting a lot of revenue soon.


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And how will this new CPU Apple is going to use be compared to Samsung's Exynos CPU in performance?

I know it's a bit hard question to ask now though, but i'm asking just incase :-).

It sounds like the general consensus of the rumors lately is that Apple is trying to broaden its supply chain. Multiple iPhone assemblers, multiple chip manufacturers, already placing orders for iPad 3 components.

It seems like their biggest problems lately have been the ability to produce enough product to meet demand. They have lots of cash so they're probably using it to try to improve that situation before next year's product cycle.

The ending paragraph of this reminds me of those spam emails you get 'check company X stock price low at $0.23 about to BOOM' so loads of people invest and the scammers pull out and make a mint whilst your stock value drops.