John Paczkowski

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Apple Looking at TSMC for A6 Chip

Apple’s deteriorating relationship with Samsung has inspired it to seek out alternative manufacturers for its A series chips. Top among them, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing. Reuters reports that TSMC has begun trial production of Cupertino’s ARM-based A6 processor, a chip destined for future iOS devices.

Whether TSMC wins a commercial contract for the A6 will depend on its yield rate. Either way, it’s looking like Samsung’s acrimonious legal battle with Apple will end up costing it at least a portion of the iPhone maker’s business — but not all of it. Says NH Investment and Securities analyst Seo Won-seok, “It won’t be easy for Apple to dramatically change its chip provider from Samsung … It has to redesign the chipset, which Samsung has been deeply involved in from the beginning and has some intellectual property. Apple could try various suppliers but they [Samsung and Apple] need each other and the relationship will continue.”


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik