Apple’s 14nm A9 processor set for manufacturing in 2015 by Samsung and GlobalFoundries


Apple's A8 processor
While most eyes are on this year, with the upcoming launch of two new iPhones expected to happen just a few months from now, the wheel’s are turning for events scheduled to take place next year. According to a new report, Apple’s already setting the table for their A9 processor.
While the hardware details for Apple’s next iPhones or iPads are far from official, some folks may already be looking to 2015 for some big changes. According to a report from DigiTimes, both Samsung and GlobalFoundries have received orders from Apple to start producing the company’s 14-nanometer A9 processor beginning in 2015.
The new processor will reportedly find their way into the market out of GlobalFoundries’s Fab 8 factory, which is located in Malta, New York. Samsung, incidentally, will use the same factory to produce Apple’s A-series chipsets. According to the report:
According to Samsung and Globalfoundries’ roadmap, the two foundries plan to push their initial 14nm LPE (low power early) process, which was verified in February, into risk production in the fourth quarter of 2014 and small volume production in early 2015, the sources indicated.
As an added bonus for those interested in the internal parts to Apple’s devices, the report also points to long-time partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC) attempts to clinch a deal with Apple yet again for the Cupertino-based company’s A9 chip by showcasing new semiconductor processes. In an interesting, but not all that surprising, move, the report suggests that Apple could be considering Intel as a partner for their A9 processor.
[via DigiTimes]

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