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Samsung, Globalfoundries project could lead to A9 chips for Apple

updated 10:12 am EDT, Tue July 1, 2014

Small-scale production to take place at New York factory

Samsung and Globalfoundries are planning small-scale production of 14nm chips at a New York plant in early 2015, says Digitimes. The firms have reportedly landed deals with two major clients, Apple and Qualcomm. In particular, it's believed that Samsung is aiming to build A9 processors for Apple, but two other companies -- Intel and TSMC -- are also said to be competing for orders.

TSMC is said to be vying for A9 orders using a 16nm process tailored to Apple's needs. Any of the scenarios mentioned would be a significant shakeup for A-series production, since current chips are produced at a Samsung plant in Austin, Texas.

A9 chips won't reach the public until late 2015 at the earliest. Apple has yet to debut the A8, which will probably power this fall's iPhones and iPads, and possibly new iPod touch and Apple TV models.

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