Back in March, news started spreading that Apple was considering giving its chip making contract to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). As of today, Reuters and Taiwan Economic News are reporting that TSMC has already begun running tests for Apple’s A6 processor. According to both of the sources, the A6 chip will be made using TSMC’s 28-nanometer process and will be shipped in the second quarter of 2012
And according to DigiTimes,
Chiang claimed that TSMC has received enough orders to fully utilize its 28nm production capacity. Its 28nm process technology will be available for mass production in early 2012, Chiang said.
TSMC also said they will will begin research on a 14-nanometer process next year and they expect to begin mass production on the node in 2015. They’ll use 18-inch wafers to process 14-nanometer chips to bring the manufacturing cost down.
Stay tuned for more iPad 3 related news and rumors!