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Apple May Source its iPhone Chips from a Single Vendor in Taiwan

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) may turn out to be the only supplier of the chipsets that go into the iPhones and other Apple devices, like tablets. This is the chipset that carries the tag A13 and the iPhones that will be released in 2019 are expected to sport this processor, according to reports. The Taiwanese company that manufactures these processors has made this claim in an interaction with the firm’s investors while sharing the company’s future plans.

A13 Chipset Built Using the 7nm Technology

As is widely known, 7nm is the basic technology on which the A13 chipsets are built and these are custom-designed for Apple and hardly found on any other device outside of Apple’s. There may be some improvements seen on this chipset as it is believed to be an enhanced version.

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TSMC says the A13 chipsets that it manufactures and supplies to Apple constitute a quarter of its overall revenues and it expects this trend to be maintained through 2019 as well. There are additional areas, like the automotive segment where the requirements for these chipsets are growing and will help the Taiwanese company in shoring up its own results.

The company’s CEO has, however, added a bit of caution to the investors and has suggested that the overall sales revenues may not be very buoyant in the year 2019 and even if there is no significant drop in sales, there may not be a remarkable increase either. ‘Slow’ is the word he has used for the progress the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company may be able to achieve this year. According to him, the chip manufacturing industry is going through a lean phase worldwide and the year may witness a typical slowdown in manufacture and sales of chipsets.

How will it Fare Against the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC?

The important question everyone would want to know the answer for would be how good will the A13 chipset fare when compared to the latest and powerful processor unleashed by Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 855 Soc? Rivals like Samsung are planning to launch their 5G phones with this chipset. Meanwhile, there are talks of another Apple chipset A12X in the making to follow the last one, the A12 Bionic chipset, even before the A13 comes out. It is likely that the A13 might find its way into the MacBook first after which the other devices might get fitted with the new processor.

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