Apple’s iPhone 8 just made this chip foundry chief a billionaire

Apple, in its constant efforts to move away from Samsung as components supplier, has tasked the production of its 2017 edition A11 chipset entirely to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). Its 86-year-old chairman Morris Chang  has just become a billionaire in the process. Shares of TSMC have jumped 27% in a year, making his stake in the company valued at a cool $1 billion.

This upshot in the foundry’s valuation comes on the wings of the extra iPhone 8 business that analysts are convinced will cause major increase in demand for iPhones overall this and …


Samsung is now officially a foundry, spins off chip making into separate business

Samsung knows there’s money to be made producing semiconductor chips for others by demand, so it makes all kinds of sense that the company has formed a contract chip manufacturing division. Sammy has the tech and capacity to manufacture cutting-edge chipsets for the likes of Apple, Nvidia, and Qualcomm. With a dedicated foundry, It’s not a problem for Samsung to line up among the world’s premier chip fabricators, such as TSMC and Globalfoundries.

Analysts and those observing Samsung’s success with chip making have been thinking along the same lines for a long time, …