Like its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch which utilize the company’s A4 and A5 processors, Apple’s upcoming television set will be powered by a custom-built chip made specifically for the Cupertino company. Sources claim that a number of manufacturers are currently bidding for Apple’s order, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL).
Apple has reportedly struck a deal already with TSMC which will utilize the company’s 28nm and 20nm process technologies for its A6 and A7 processors, according to sources for DigiTimes. It’s unclear whether chips for the Apple television were part of the deal, but it’s possible the set could also adopt the same chips.
Like most of its devices, the Apple “iTV” will reportedly be assembled by Foxconn, with a launch towards the end of 2012. Recent reports have claimed the device will be available with 32- and 37-inch displays.