Low chip performance could delay launch of next-generation iPads - CYDIAPLUS.com


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Saturday, 24 December 2016

Low chip performance could delay launch of next-generation iPads

It seems that in today Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has received orders to start production of chips designed by Apple A10X fusion for the next iPad. However, the unsatisfactory performance of TSMC's 10-nanometer process technology could disrupt the March 2017 launch of next-generation iPads.

The process 10 nanometers in TSMC is a breakthrough on the technology of 16 nanometers that is used to produce the chips A10 Fusion Series iPhone 7 because the process ten nanometers incorporates smaller transistors, it uses less power and runs Faster than its 16 nanometer counterparts.

TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) A11 must also make chips for use in the next iPhone in August. Chip production, according to various reports, is expected to start in the second quarter of 2017.

Industry sources said Samsung's 10-nanometer process has also achieved lower-than-expected performance ratios, promoting semiconductor designer Qualcomm.

As a result, s nly the Snapdragon 835 processor will be held in the node process 10 nanometers Samsung. Other Qualcomm chips, including the Snapdragon 660 in 2017, will be built with Samsung's oldest 14-nanometer node technology.

It should be noted that Apple and Qualcomm are the major customers of Samsung and TSMC and this is somewhat discouraging as it forces to rethink the manufacturing processes of future chips.

At the moment, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company already plans to build a state-of-the-art facility with about $ 15.7 billion dollars. This facility would be located in Taiwan where the world's most advanced five and three nanometer chips will be produced.

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