Piper Jaffray analyst Gus Richard is passing along the word that Apple is looking to lessen its dependence on Samsung-produced chips. While it isn't known if this is the direct result of the many legal battles between the two, Richard says that Apple is talking to TSMC about chips using the 20nm manufacturing process. A chip industry source confirms the analyst's story, saying that the relationship between Apple and Korean based Samsung has deteriorated to the point where both sides are just looking to fulfill current contracts in force, and then breaking up. Yet another Asian source says that Apple will be turning to TSMC for its quad-core chips.
Piper Jaffray's Richard says that Apple's possible dependence on TSMC could have a negative impact on other customers of the Taiwan based chip maker. Considering that the Cupertino based firm is the largest buyer of chips in the world for a consumer products company, TSMC will have to delay or cancel the shipment of chips for some of its smaller accounts as it attends to Apple..
talking with Intel although he stressed that there is no deal done between the two.
The current A6 chip used in the Apple iPhone 5 is a 32nm process product manufactured by Samsung. A 20nm chip would be 30% faster and use 25% less power than a 28nm process chip. Meanwhile, while asimilar rumor about Apple leaving Samsung for TSMC spread in March of 2011, the current speculation seems to be corroborated by too many sources not to have some truth to it.