GlobalFoundries is preparing to manufacture Apple A-series processors at its "Fab 8" plant in Malta, New York, a source tells local publication the Times Union
. At present, every A-series chip is produced by Samsung at a factory in Austin, Texas. The source indicates that Samsung will help GlobalFoundries get started with the new project, but it's unknown if GlobalFoundries is being contracted by Samsung or directly by Apple.
In either case GlobalFoundries is expected
to serve as a second source for A-series chips, rather than as a replacement for Samsung. For some time rumors have suggested that Apple wants to reduce its dependence on Samsung, in part by switching processor production over to TSMC. TSMC has yet to get into A-series work however, and Samsung is even moving into GlobalFoundries' new Technology Development Center, known as Fab 8.1 and located next to Fab 8.