Brought into the light by the Taiwanese tech publication DigiTimes, rumors are saying that soon Samsung and Globalfoundries want to trial run building 14-nanometer A9 chips for Apple in their New York Fab. Their goal? They want to start out slow with 60,000 wafers a year. They call this slow start a “low power early” process. This source is on occasion correct with Apple’s production, but it still is a big question whether this is true or not.
The goal of Samsung and Globalfoundries is to land business deals with Apple and Qualcomm. This might be a little difficult considering that a few companies are in the running for the deal. Those would include Intel, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Samsung, and Globalfoundries.
Instead of going with a 14-nanometer process, TSMC plans on using their 16-nanometer FinFET Turbo chipmaking process to win over Apple. This process is tailored specifically for Apple.
This A9 chip would show up in late 2015, with their late 2015 model of the iPhone and iPad. Currently, we see the A7 chip in the iPhone 5 and 5s, with the A8 debuting in the next iPhone and iPad we see.