Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries have secured a combined 70% of orders for Apple’s A9 processors with their 14nm FinFET technology, according to industry sources. Samsung will be ready to produce 30,000-40,000 12-inch wafers monthly to meet demand on its 14nm process node, with the demand from both Apple and Samsung’s own handset division, said the sources. Samsung will also be building its next-generation Exynos processor on its own 14nm process.
Globalfoundries is striving to be among the major contract chipmakers of Qualcomm and Apple, vying for 14nm chip orders from the two vendors, according to industry sources. Globalfoundries has successfully obtained 14nm chip orders from AMD, previously the parent company of the foundry, said the sources. AMD also has 20nm and 28nm chips made at Globalfoundries.
Qualcomm reportedly plans to shift its 20nm process orders from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to Samsung Electronics or Globalfoundries, according to industry sources. Qualcomm’s move comes after TSMC began volume production of Apple’s A8 processors based on advanced 20nm process in the second quarter of 2014 and has thus allocated much technological resources to the production – a favor with Apple that has upset Qualcomm, currently TSMC’s largest client, the sources explained.