Peter Clarke, Electronics360
15 April 2014
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has done nicely out of its foundry contracts to supply Apple-designed application processors for several years. The orders have kickstarted Samsung's foundry business but, as has been speculated for a couple of years, Apple wants to, at least, split its risk by putting manufacturing out to another foundry, or possibly more than one.
The speculation that pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) was about to get an Apple chip order has gone on so long – two or three years – that it has become easy to forget what a big deal the wafer shipments are likely to be.
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