TSMC Might Take All Orders For Apple A10 – Samsung’s 14nm FinFET Not Being Favored?
Previously, it was reported that TSMC had apparently secured all orders of Apple A10, and it looks like this is going to stay the way it is thanks to the latest report we have come across.
16nm FinFET From TSMC To Be Used For Apple A10 Because It Is Able To Produce More Yield Than Samsung’s 14nm FinFET Process
According to a source, Apple A10 will be fabricated on the 16nm FinFET process, primarily because it is able to deliver far more stable performance compared to Samsung’s 14nm FinFET. Furthermore, Apple might have given all of its orders to TSMC because the firm will be able to produce more yields as compared to Samsung’s manufacturing process. Even though a smaller lithographic process is much more efficient, the Cupertino tech giant Apple will obviously care more about the yields variable than anything else.
Additionally, we reported earlier that the Taiwanese semi-conductor manufacturing firm was testing out 10nm chips for Apple A10, but it looks like this manufacturing process has yet to display a favorable yield figure in order for it to be used to manufacture next generation chipsets. TSMC and Samsung still have to provide an update concerning the progress of the upcoming manufacturing process, but due to the fact that we have yet to hear about a sufficient progress, it is possible that the 10nm FinFET process could be delayed even further.
At this point, it is too early to say that Apple has already made up its mind in tapping TSMC for the manufacturing of the company’s next generation mobile SoC. Samsung has been aggressively constructing chip manufacturing facilities all over the globe so if Apple is able to see that Samsung is able to provide a favorable yield when its 14nm FinFET process is taken into account, then we could be seeing that a small percentage of orders might go to the South Korean tech giant as well.
As stated earlier, we still believe that it is too early to be tapping TSMC to mass produce Apple’s A10 chips, but looking at how the SoC will have to obscure its predecessor in terms of performance and efficiency, it is also possible that the tech firm could have reached its decision this quickly.