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TSMC to double processor production ahead of iPhone 7

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the company that has reportedly secured all of Apple’s A10 chip orders, is set to double its production of 16-nanometer processors this month as iPhone 7’s launch draws closer.

TSMC was producing 40,000 12-inch wafers per month as of February, but that figure will increase to 80,000 in March, according to a DigiTimes report, which cites Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News.

TSMC co-CEO CC Wei has already revealed that the company expects its share of the chip-making market to rise from around 40 percent in 2015 to more than 70 percent in 2016.

TSMC did not mention that its partnership with Apple is anything to do with that, but the Cupertino company is one of its largest customers of 16-nanometer chips — and it’s only going to get larger with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus arriving this fall.

A February report claimed TSMC will be the sole supplier of A10 chips for Apple’s next-generation iOS devices, with Samsung, which helps make the A9-series processors alongside TSMC, set to see its nose pushed out.

This would explain why TSMC is doubling its output this month, but neither Apple or TSMC have confirmed this rumor — and it’s unlikely that will ever change.


Killian Bell

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