Apple’s latest flagships boast of the new A8 processor that promise 25% more performance than the previous A7. Recent teardowns of both the handsets show that the 20 nm fabricated SoC is not manufactured by Samsung, the longtime partner, but by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.)
We had earlier reported the same thing as Samsung was battling out for this deal. Chipwors, posted a tear-down of the new handsets late Friday and found that the A8’s contacted gate pitch of around 90nm is consistent with Qualcomm’s MDM9235, TSMC’s known fabrication.
Another part that acts as a major evidence is the presence of NFC Chip that dates back to 2012. This design was tailor made for Apple’s tastes meaning that the company had access to the silicon for nearly 18 months.
Other changes in Apple’s exclusive hardware include InvenSense that is now manufacturing the six axis accelerometer and gyroscope unseating the previous supplier ST Microelectronics. The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus also deploy new hefty haptic vibrators manufactured exclusively by Texas Instruments.