Apple has turned to the world’s largest contract semiconductor manufacturer Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to order the chips of the next generation Apple A10X. It is reported by the Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, recall that used single-chip platform with Quad-core processor A10.
According to Chinese resource WCCFtech, the company TSMC has started mass production of chips Apple A10X designed for iPad tablets that will be introduced in October this year. While the Taiwanese company will be one to put these chips in time for the production of Apple A9 answer TSMC and Samsung.
In the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus uses a single-chip system Apple A10, manufactured using 16-nm process FinFET and layout of substrate-level InFO (Integrated Fan-out). More efficient chip Apple A10X will also be TSMC, but at a more perfect process, specifies the edition.
On Apple’s website discovered the job of an Apple employee, which indicates that the specialist is developing the graphics chip for the tablet, which will follow the iPad Pro on the A9X SoC. That is, graphics composed of chip A10X.
Moreover, as noted, the design managed to exceed the target power, performance and chip area. In other words, the platform will be produced under the new process, which probably refers to the 10-nm technology.
Presentation of the new generation of iPads expected at a special Apple press conference in October of this year. At the same event, the company can show the updated MacBook Pro with a touch OLED panel instead of the function keys.