SAN JOSE, Calif. - Is Apple Inc. switching foundry partners?
Apple is mulling a plan to outsource the production of its A4 processor and other ARM-based chips to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), according to Digitimes. That article can beread here.
At present, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is Apple's foundry partner. There are also reportsthat Apple is sourcing $7.8 billion in parts from Samsung.
But on the other hand, Apple and Samsung are rivals in handsets, tablet PCs and computers. Some think Apple should build its own fab.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.