Both TSMC and Samsung have been ramping up 10nm FinFET production for their respective clients, but it is the former that has managed to seize the bigger prize in the form of Apple’s orders. The chip manufacturing giant has reportedly become the chief supplier for the iPhone 8’s A11 SoC, but there were some hurdles that stood in the supplier’s way initially. However, with production in full swing now, it looks like Apple will not have to worry about chip orders from TSMC for now.
TSMC Earlier Experienced Production Issues, But According to Sources Close to the Matter, They Have Been Resolved
TSMC is not solely relying on Apple with its 10nm technology as it has a wide range of customers, such as NVIDIA. With the manufacturer ramping up 12nm chip orders for NVIDIA, MediaTek, and several others, it looks like this manufacturing process could become a huge thorn in the side of Samsung and GlobalFoundries plus their 14nm and 12nm FD-SOI business.
Though the 12nm node is indeed a step forward, the 10nm FinFET technology will take mobile chipsets to a whole new echelon of efficiency and performance.
However, there were issues that were encountered in this direction, and according to sources that were close to the matter (via DigiTimes), the following details summarize what problems TSMC was going through.
“TSMC has begun 10nm chip production for Apple's next-generation iPhone 8 series, the sources said. Production was once affected by issues involving stacking components in the backend integrated fan-out packaging process, but they have already been solved, the sources said.”
With TSMC ramping up production, it looks like Apple has one less supplier to worry about when its iPhone 8 launch is the main subject. Several industry watchers have claimed that there are other factors related to why the radically changed iPhone could be delayed, but we’ll continue to provide you with updates on the matter.