Apple Signs TSMC For 16nm and 10nm Nodes

According to DigiTimes, Apple has signed up TSMC for the finfet nodes – 16nm and 10nm –  which succeed the 20nm planar process.DigiTimes says that TSMC will have enough capacity to run 50,000 20nm wafers a month in Q1 2014 and that volume production of Apple processors on 20nm will start in December.

TSMC has stated that 16nm production will start one year after 20nm planar – and 20nm planar started risk production in Q1 2013.

Next month, small-scale production of Apple processors will start at TSMC.

It looks as though Apple has managed to resist the blandishments of Intel’s foundry services.



  1. There’s a thought, Ana, if Apple agreed to use Atom cores rather than ARM cores, and if Intel agreed to license Atom as a core, and if Intel’s 20nm, 16nm and 10nm proceses showed clear performance advantages over TSMC’s equivalents, and if Intel were able to introduce processes substantially shead of TSMC, and if Apple was prepared to undergo the same massive disruption and effort in moving from TSMC to Intel as it has just undergone in moving from Samsung to TSMC, then there’s a chance Apple would fab at Intel. But that’s an awful lot of Ifs and they show how unlikely its is that Apple would use Intel for fab any time soon.

  2. I doubt Intel would fab all that ARM based product, but what if the A8 SOC swapped the ARM core for an Arom?

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