DigiTimes heard from its sources that TSMC is expected to tape out Apple's 20nm A7 processor later this month. The chip is anticipated to enter risk production in May-June, with commercial shipments slated for Q1 2014.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to tape out Apple's A7 processor on a 20nm process in March and then move the chip into risk production in May-June, which will pave the way for commercial shipments in the first quarter of 2014, according to industry sources. TSMC declined to comment on market report.
TSMC is expanding production facilities at 14-fab at the Tainan Science Park with a total investment at the park of NT$500 billion (US$16.87 billion), said the sources, adding that TSMC will utilize 14-fab to manufacture the A7 chips for Apple.