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GREATTerry
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re: TSMC test runs Apple A6 processor, says report
GREATTerry   7/18/2011 3:56:50 PM
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Apple should have turned to TSMC well before now. Even though the result of this trial is not satisfactory, I don't think Apple will then stop there and turn back to Samsung as the demand for their product is huge. I just wonder which company, besides Samsung and TSMC, now is large enough fulfill Apple's big appetite.

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re: TSMC test runs Apple A6 processor, says report
luting   7/18/2011 3:23:02 PM
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I guess it is not all about competition between these two Companies. While all major Android based SoCs moving into 28nm, Apple will have no 28nm chip for a while if it chooses to stay with Samsung.

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re: TSMC test runs Apple A6 processor, says report
Helicopter   7/17/2011 4:03:15 PM
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It's the overall health of the line, not just a #

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re: TSMC test runs Apple A6 processor, says report
goafrit   7/16/2011 12:36:23 PM
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Good day for TSMC. Samsung lost big here.

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re: TSMC test runs Apple A6 processor, says report
kdboyce   7/16/2011 4:13:18 AM
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I am actually surprised that Apple hasn't tried this with a foundry before now. For products as popular and in-demand as the iPod/iPad/iPhone, I would have expected them to move a viable second source already on key components. Perhaps they have but it was not as public as the situation is now vis a vis competition with Samsung, so they managed to keep it under wraps.

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re: TSMC test runs Apple A6 processor, says report
_hm   7/15/2011 11:16:45 PM
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What percent of yield is considered ok for Apple? Will this be convntional packaging or will they do 3D packaging for A6?



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