South Korean media earlier this week said that following 2016 and 2017 for two consecutive years by Apple abandoned, so that TSMC all Apple iPhone orders, Samsung will be re-become Apple A series chip supplier for Apple OEM next year iPhone Use the so-called A12 chip. However, nowadays, the Taiwan media DigiTimes quoted industry observers as saying TSMC "is still likely to" in 2018 to maintain its Apple A Series chip exclusive foundry titles. "
DigiTimes said that TSMC in its 7-nanometer FinFET process used in the integration of fan-out "wafer-level packaging technology, Samsung than in the field of any technology used in a large section. Although Samsung is said to be actively competing for next year's A series of chip orders, but sources said that even if Samsung can use OLED screen temptation of Apple, is not enough to allow Apple to re-add Samsung to its A series chip sub-supplier list. Apple is said to be released next fall three iPhone.
"Samsung is unlikely to regain the iPhone's processor order because TSMC's integrated fan-out wafer-level packaging technology will make its 7-nanometer FinFET process more competitive," the observers said. & Rdquo;
Observers said Samsung has received orders for A9 chips from the new 9.7-inch iPad at the beginning of the year, while TSMC has taken orders from Apple's A10 and A11 handset chips and is likely to get next-generation next-generation A-series chips All orders. They said that TSMC in the back-end packaging innovation advantage, the company is able to get all the iPhone Apple iPhone orders the key.
South Korean media reported on Tuesday, during the visit to Apple headquarters last month, Samsung Electronics CEO Wu Hyun has 2018 iPhone chip OEM problem and Apple reached an agreement. However, the report of the "South Korean Herald" did not disclose how much detail, in addition to claim that Samsung will get some A series chip orders.
If TSMC became the exclusive manufacturer of A series chips in 2018, it will mark its exclusive production of iPhone chips for the third year in a row. TSMC has been on behalf of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus using the A10 chip, and the upcoming iPhone 8, iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus use A11 chip.