Apple is currently Samsung’s number one customer, having agreed to deals worth upwards of $7.8 billion with the South Korean electronics conglomerate. Unfortunately for Samsung, however, its ongoing patent infringement lawsuits with Apple appears to have strained its relationship with the Cupertino-based company, who will reportedly transition to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as its component supplier for the iPad in the future. TSMC will supply Apple with next-generation processors for the iPad, and reportedly already has a deal in place to continue supplying CPUs until at least the successor of Apple’s so-called “A6″ processor.
Apple has recently signed a foundry partnership agreement with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), industry sources have claimed. Under the terms of the agreement, TSMC will apply its 28nm and 20nm process technologies to produce Apple’s next-generation CPUs, according to the sources.
Industry speculation has long been circulated saying that Samsung Electronics would no longer be the exclusive manufacturer of silicon designed for Apple’s iOS devices. TSMC was pinpointed as Apple’s new potential foundry partner, but many analysts still believe that TSMC is unlikely to land orders from Apple until 2012.