In order to get the apple A12 chip orders, we also saw before, whether TSMC and Samsung, have done a lot of preparation, but in the end, Apple will choose tsmc. We also see that the iPhone X is equipped with this A11 bionic chip, after the release of many of the media to do a performance test, the final score it completely beyond the highpass / Samsung high-end chip, in a very long period of time, equipped with A11 chip iPhone will occupy the top position in the run sub list.
With the performance of A11 so outstanding, the supply chain also revealed that TSMC will start production 7Nm process next year Q2, for apple to produce A12 chip. It is reported that three sets of ASML equipment EUV TSMC is expected in the first quarter of 2018, installed in a 12 inch plant, and then to the second quarter of last year, began to use 7Nm technology for apple production A12 chip, it looks like apple A12 chip will also be in the current process based on can continue to be great upgrade.
TSMC invested $9 billion, and its 6000 employees worked around the clock, creating a fab in 11 months. Together we shipped more than 500 million chips in such a short time. So not many companies gamble on 9 billion dollars at a time." Williams continued to add.
The relationship between TSMC and apple in recent two years has become more and more close, which may also be due to the previous Apple looking for Samsung OEM chips, there are some small problems. Taiwan TSMC in the foundry Apple chip more and more smoothly, in fact, this also proves its technical strength from the side is really very strong. After all, Apple has always been very rigorous when it comes to choosing partners.
In addition to apple, TSMC will also provide 7Nm process for another customer, qualcomm. TSMC will not only produce A12 chips for apple, but also work with chip giants qualcomm. I don't know if Qualcomm uses the first chip of 7Nm process. Which one will it be?
In short, no matter who is going to complete the foundry, we only hope that the performance of iPhone or iPad will become stronger and stronger.