TSMC secures exclusive orders for Apple A11 chip, says report

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has obtained all of Apple's A11 chip orders, according to a recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

TSMC is already the exclusive manufacturer of Apple's A10 chip which will power the upcoming iPhone series slated for launch in September 2016. The Taiwan-based foundry will continue to be the sole supplier of Apple's next-generation A11 processor that will be built on a 10nm FinFET process, the report indicated, without citing its sources.

A May report quoted industry sources as saying TSMC had begun to tape out the design for Apple's A11 processor. TSMC could begin small-volume production for the A11 chips as early as the second quarter of 2017, the sources were quoted as saying in the report.

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