With TSMC being Apple's number one supplier for the iPhone 7's A10 chip, a new supply chian report published today claims that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has recently begun to tape out the design for Apple's A11 processor built on a 10nm FinFET process, according to industry sources.
TSMC is expected to achieve certification on its 10nm process in the fourth quarter of 2016, and deliver product samples to Apple for validation in the first quarter of 2017, the sources continued.
TSMC could begin small-volume production for Apple's A11 chips as early as the second quarter of 2017, the sources indicated. Building the chips will likely start to generate revenues at TSMC in the third quarter.
TSMC is likely to obtain about two-thirds of the overall A11 chip orders from Apple, the sources said. The A11-series processor will power the iPhone models slated for launch in the second half of 2017.
With Apple looking to Samsung to being their number one supplier of OLED displays for the 2017 iPhone, Samsung is unlikely to also score much of Apple's A11 business as Apple likes to keep their supply chain in balance.
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