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_hm
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What happen to tear down people?
_hm   7/10/2014 7:10:50 PM
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I assume tear down analysts are very active and could have researched this much in advance. Have they encountered A7 or other SOC from TSMC in Apple device?

resistion
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Re: What happen to tear down people?
resistion   7/10/2014 8:35:36 PM
Usual rumor mill as always.

_hm
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Re: What happen to tear down people?
_hm   7/11/2014 4:48:30 AM
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This was good opportunity for tear down to be first people to inform that TSMC is inside Apple devices and what kind of geometry is employed.

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Re: What happen to tear down people?
tangey   7/11/2014 7:12:40 AM
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Apple has a history of silently changing chips/process in small quantities without telling anyone. AFAIR, they changed the soc inside one of the ipad generations a few years ago when going from 32-28nm. There was a while that the current ipad at the time came with one of two different socs, and there was no way to tell, except the newer soc had a longer battery life and the ipad ran cooler.

It would therefore not surprise me if some existing apple products out there are already shipping with a new soc.

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Re: What happen to tear down people?
Daniel Payne   7/11/2014 12:56:18 PM
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Apple has made no foundry changes to iPad processors for the same product generation, I blogged about their chip history at SemiWiki.

tangey
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Re: What happen to tear down people?
tangey   7/11/2014 10:47:22 PM
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I didn't say they change foundries, I said they change process.
Anandtech.com My memory though it was 32->28nm, but actually it was 45->32nm

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Apple (and others) wants too much
Gondalf   7/13/2014 4:16:01 AM
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We are in strange times. Apple, Qualcomm and others want a new shrink every 12/18 months, mainly to have "new" produts in shops to attract the customer to buy useless gadgets. Foudries are under pressure because this fast shrink is "NOT POSSIBLE" expecially at finer nodes like 14nm or 10nm.

This is the reason Apple is silent about supplier, she goes to the faster one on a given one, changing every year if possible.

I think than this is a crazy manner to do business. Instead of innovate (a tick tock ala Intel for example), they want to shrink fast adding new features to shitty ARM ISA.

My best wishes to Foundries, still i dont think this approach will be usefull to archieve strong transistor performance and dramatic power reductions, These things need time and the two years cycle is the minimum, three years i think could be even better at these terrific nodes without the help of good tools from ASML.

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Re: Apple (and others) wants too much
magrathean-man   7/13/2014 5:39:00 AM
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Looks like you have no idea of what you are talking about. Apple, typically, uses one (or two) nodes removed from the latest, bleeding edge process nodes that the foundaries supply. That's not because they don't want to; like you rightly mention, it takes time to get to reasonable yields on the latest technology nodes and no one would like not to make more money!

And what useless gadgets? There are good uses with every technology innovation and leaps. And that kindles innovation too. 

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Re: Apple (and others) wants too much
Gondalf   7/13/2014 6:12:51 AM
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Sure in the past years, i well know this, as Apple devices were a news for customers but now it's totally different. Apple is the very first to ship a 20nm SOC, not even Qualcomm will be able to do this with 810; Apple nearly is working in the risk production (low yields) because their devices are slowly losing appeal, they need of A8 "now" not sometime n H1 next year. The same patterning will follow on 16nm and 10nm because Apple has realized that without a fast refresh of phones and tablets the USA market will shift to good enough devices mediatek/rockchip powered.

And yes, many of the news on latests SOCs are only crappy gadgets, no innovation. Do you call innovation an LTE modem capable of 300Mbps on a carrier infrastructure able to give only 15/20Mbps if all goes well......it's a gadget for idiots, like fingerprint.....in a phone?? LOL. We do not speak of the displays and Gpus with a resolution that the human eye is unable to appreciate on little diagonal.  

 

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Re: What happen to tear down people?
AZskibum   7/14/2014 7:48:02 PM
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A good rumor typically seems logical to almost everyone, and therefore seems like it must be true. But it is still a rumor. We will see what Apple does after they actually do it.

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