Taiwan Economic News reported last Friday that world’s largest semiconductor foundry service provider, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TSMC), in cooperation with Apple, has kicked off the trial production of the A6 processor. According to industry sources, as per the report, TSMC will tape out the production design in the first quarter of next year with plans to unwrap it to the public in the second quarter at the earliest.
Meanwhile, due to declining demand for semiconductor chips, TSMC has projected its combined revenue for the third quarter of 2011 to drop over 6-8 percent to reach about $102 billion as compared to $104 billion for the second quarter, with the gross profit rate of 40.5-42.5 percent, reports Taiwan Economic News. However, the world’s largest foundry service provider indicated that its business operations will turn around in the fourth quarter when customer inventories are reduced.
Additionally, as per Chuang’s report, another major beneficiary of A6 processor production is Taiwan’s leading semiconductor testing and packaging company, the Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. In fact, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering has partnered with TSMC to develop the 3D chip-packaging technology.
Media reports say that A6 could be a quad-core design, and is intended for Apple’s next generation products such as iPad 3.
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