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Analyst believes Samsung will lose Apple’s business for iPhone 7 processors because of ‘Chipgate’

Apple opted for both Samsung and TSMC to manufacture its new A9 processor that you’ll find in the company’s latest mobile devices, Samsung’s A9 chip is made on a 14nm process while TSMC’s chip is made on a 16nm process. This has led to a new controversy called “Chipgate,” with multiple reports claiming that the TSMC chip provides 20% better battery life than its Samsung counterpart. Apple tried to downplay the issue by saying that its tests show that the actual battery life of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus even when variable component differences are taken into account, vary within just 2-3% of each other.

It’s unclear what percentage of A9 chips both manufacturers are supplying Apple, some believe that Samsung has received majority of the orders while others say TSMC is the major supplier for the A9. A JP Morgan Securities analyst believes that this controversy has cost Samsung Apple’s business for the iPhone 7 processor. TSMC is now expected to receive all orders for the A10 processor since Samsung’s A9 chip is underperforming. Even if this is true one can’t expect Samsung to sit idly by while TSMC takes away all of Apple’s business, but we must not forget that TSMC did receive all orders for Apple’s A8 chip in 2014, so it won’t be surprising if Apple goes down this road again for the A10. There’s a long way to go before A10-powered products enter mass production, a lot can happen between now and then.

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Shonk
Shonk

Has nobody considered that the soc’s are bin sorted

example exynos 4412 asv level 1-11

1600mhz Needs 1.313v at asv level 11
1600mhz Needs 1.400v at asv level 3
cant remember the other levels off the top of my head

e.g.
if they are testing an asv 11 TSMC chip vs an asv 1 Samsung chip
its not going to look good is it

Neto Santos
Neto Santos

Exynos is top too much. Best Samsung processor ever made the processor edge s6

superg05
superg05

statement from apple who said this bull$#!% story claiming chipgate is not even true and your a samsung fan site yet you dont even try to find the facts? AnandTech has the best analysis of what’s really going on here, but Apple weighed in with an official statement on the topic. “Certain manufactured lab tests which run the processors with a continuous heavy workload until the battery depletes are not representative of real-world usage, since they spend an unrealistic amount of time at the highest CPU performance state,” Apple said. “It’s a misleading way to measure real-world battery life. Our… Read more »

harryisme
harryisme

I think this is the biggest bull I have seen, no one is going to use the phone like it was used in the synthetic tests that showed a 20% difference. In real life we are looking 5% difference if that, and in some cases the Samsung will perform better.

Last years bendgate was a serious case, this years Chipgate is not that big of a deal, hell not even the same CPU’s from the same manufacturer will perform the same and have the same power efficiency.

alireza7228
alireza7228

Well got the A9 on the Samsung smart phone themselves let

AmazingAura01
AmazingAura01

Apple should have known better. I’d obviously do the same thing if I were rivals with someone. Come on.

croborn
croborn

Everyone should read toms hardware test on differences in chip performance. In short “Samsung’s 14nm FinFET process appears to offer slightly better power efficiency, extending battery life between 3.5-10.8 percent” and speed part ”Samsung’s advantage during normal use will be less than what we measured in our tests and is likely to be very close to Apple’s 2-3 percent figure.”
LINK http://www.tomshardware.com/news/iphone-6s-a9-samsung-vs-tsmc,30306.html