TSMC to start manufacturing iPhone 7s and iPhone 8 chips soon
- Author: Arturo Norris Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 3:10
TSMC exclusively manufactures the Apple A10 SoC and is expected to be the sole supplier of the A11 chip as well.
The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will start producing Apple's A11 chip in April 2017.
The first benchmark results for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895, the 10nm chips that power the Galaxy S8, are already out, revealing massive performance gains for the upcoming Samsung handset.
This year's iPhone devices are expected to pack significantly better battery life, and rumors so far suggest a larger and borderless OLED display, facial recognition, a possible return to a glass body, improved dual-cameras, no physical home button and wireless charging.
After some reports indicated that chipmakers were experiencing low yields with 10nm CPUs that will power the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8, a new report from China indicates that TSMC is ready to start A11 production in April.
The current models of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus contain the A10 chip which is manufactured on a 16nm FinFET process. For all the new technology expected, it looks like Apple isn't looking to increase the annual volume of iPhone sales. The A10 Fusion, found in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, has two high-power cores and two low-power cores. It's likely the A11 chip will offer a similar, if not better, performance. The Taiwanese company was planning to open a production plant in the United States by 2018 but the decision has now been put on hold since the cost will be too substantial.