It has been reported that TSMC will remain the sole supplier of A12 processors for the 2018 iPhones this year. Now it seems that the A13 processors used by the 2019 iPhone will continue to be supplied exclusively by TSMC.
There is no doubt that this is bad news for Samsung. In June, it was reported that Samsung was working hard to recapture some of its orders for A13 processors from TSMC in 2019. According to sources, in order to achieve this goal, Samsung is doing its best.DevelopmentInFO packaging technology and claims to be ahead of TSMC in chip production using 7 nm EUV lithography process.
In order to attract customers, Samsung even declined to reduce the order of extreme ultraviolet lithography process by 20%. But unfortunately, this has not received positive feedback from potential customers. Reported that the reason may be due to the quality and qualified rate risk of 7 nm EUV lithography process, because TSMC had encountered such trouble before. Therefore, TSMC may not fully integrate the EUV lithography process until next year or the production of 5 nanometer process chip.
TSMC uses 16 nanometers to manufacture A10 processors, 10 nanometers are used for A11 processors, and 7 nanoscale processes are expected to be used in this year's contract A12 processors. Next year, the A 13 processor is expected to use 7 nm process very ultraviolet lithography process.