The Straits Times
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Published on Jan 02, 2013
 

Taiwan's TSMC to make chips for Apple: Reports

 
 

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing will soon start making microchips for Apple as the US tech giant reduces manufacturing contracts with its South Korean rival Samsung, reports said on Wednesday.

The Taiwanese company has been contracted to manufacture the A6X chip, which drives Apple's iPad4 tablet, with trial production set for the first quarter of this year, Taiwan's Commercial Times reported.

The move is the latest in a strings of efforts by Apple to switch mass manufacturing contracts away from Samsung, it said.

The South Korean firm, the world's top mobile phone maker and Apple's leading competitor in the smartphone market, produces microchips and a range of other products for its American rival.