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TSMC to Manufacture A11 Processor for Apple; To be Delivered in 2017

TSMC is said to be working on Apple's A11 chips order built on a 10nanometer FinFET process.

(Photo : The Phones Guide) TSMC is said to be working on Apple's A11 chips order built on a 10nanometer FinFET process.

TSMC, a Taiwanese semiconductor company based in Hsinchu, is said to be working on Apple's A11 chips order built on a 10nanometer FinFET process, which is rumored to be manufactured and delivered in the early part of 2017.

According to some reports, the certification that TSMC needs should be ready before the end of 2016. This means that the semiconductor company could present product samples by the early part of 2017 to have their consumers validate the product. Perhaps, some will get interested in the fact that TSMC will only get two-thirds of A11 chips and the remaining one-third will go to Samsung Electronics.

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This would not be the first time that TSMC and Samsung will share profit for Apple chips split orders because previous A9 chips orders were given to these companies, and Samsung got the bigger slice. A10 chips is said to be next in line, which is recently speculated to be given entirely to TSMC only. With that said, it will help the Taiwanese semiconductor company to gain full revenue for the A10 chips order.

Meanwhile, in addition to the division of A11 orders, some analysts think that Apple might be setting a new pattern, in which, they may tend to always split orders into different tech companies. With A9 orders being divided between Samsung producing 14nanometer and TSMC doing the 16nanometer, Apple is probably making it as part of their normal process. Then, with the A11 processor scheduled to be presented by the early part of 2017, the production of these chips could more or less follow few months after.

In correlation to the production timeline, it should be expected that Apple devices will then be manufactured in around third and fourth quarters of 2017. If these speculations are true, possible launch will be around September, which is also the typical release month for Apple devices, PC Perspective reported.

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