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NewsPoster Oct 12, 2012 07:50 AM
Apple placing orders for quad-core, 20nm chips at TSMC?
Apple is, <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/270412==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/08/29/bids.cracked.1.billion.mark.report.says/" rel='nofollow'>once again</a>, said to be courting Taiwanese chip manufacturer TSMC to supply its future chips. The products in question are 20nm, quad-core chips that are expected to power Apple products in 2014, including a future version of the iPad.<br><br>The risk production process may begin as soon as November, the <em>China Economic News Service</em> <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/270413==http://cens.com/cens/html/en/news/news_inner_41728.html" rel='nofollow'>reported</a>, with volume production likely to start in the fourth quarter of 2013. Other Apple products believed to get the more efficient quad-core chips include the Apple TV and MacBooks. The iPhone will continue to use a dual-core chip to optimize battery life, Citigroup analyst J.T. Hsu believes.

TSMC's 20nm architecture is said to bring improvements of 30 percent in terms of speed, be 1.9 times more dense, and use 25 percent less power than its current 28nm chips. Current iOS devices use 32nm chips made by Samsung, including the A5 (iPad, Apple TV) and A6 (iPhone 5). [<A href="http://www.macrumors.com/2012/10/12/apple-reportedly-tapping-tsmc-for-20-nm-quad-core-chips/">via</a> <em>MacRumors</em>]
 
SockRolid Oct 12, 2012 09:41 AM
2014 prediction:

iOS devices: dual-core A7.

MacBook Air: quad-core A7.

Where A7 is a 64-bit, Apple-designed SoC based on the ARMv8 spec.
 
FireWire Oct 12, 2012 10:55 AM
Courting? I'm not sure Apple needs much courting to find business partners.. it must be like "Hello? this is Tim Cook and I.. - Everything you want sir! (muffled voice) Guys! we're millionnaires!!!" :P
 
blahblahbber Oct 12, 2012 11:06 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by SockRolid (Post 4195825)
2014 prediction:
iOS devices: dual-core A7.
MacBook Air: quad-core A7.
Where A7 is a 64-bit, Apple-designed SoC based on the ARMv8 spec.
How about just quad-core-everything starting next year? Too Simple??
 
ShameerMulji Oct 13, 2012 02:05 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by SockRolid (Post 4195825)
2014 prediction:
iOS devices: dual-core A7.
MacBook Air: quad-core A7.
Where A7 is a 64-bit, Apple-designed SoC based on the ARMv8 spec.
I definitely think you're on the right track. The only area I differ with is that I think all iOS devices, in addition to the MB Air, will go quad-core with the SOC you have described.
 
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