News and rumors of suppliers who are supposed to work with Apple on upcoming devices are flowing like the tides. We’ve been hearing rumors that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) would be taking over as chipmaker for the iPad for practically as long as the iPad has been in existence.
Today, Taiwan-based Commercial Times is reporting that TSMC is actually on contract with Apple to manufacture A6X chips for upcoming iPad.
According to 9to5Mac, Commercial Times confirmed the agreement between Apple and TSMC and the chipmaker will be the first to process A6X chips during the first quarter of 2013 in a trial period that will determine whether TSMC can keep up with Apple’s massive orders.
9to5Mac predicts that Apple will begin integrating TSMC’s 20 nm process for quad-core processors for the iPad, Apple-built television set, and MacBook.
The move away from Samsung in regards to processor chips is not a surprise. Apple and Samsung have been entangled in patent infringement lawsuits that span the globe for over a year now. While neither company will admit to any ill feelings or rough patches in their relationship, the rest of the world can see the breakup a mile away. It is just a matter of time before one of them gets tired of dealing with the other’s antics.
All there is left to do is see who packs their bags first.