Samsung is trying to get HiSilcion Technologies to buy its 14nm FinFET-based products from Samsung, so in order to secure orders from the China-based fabless vendor, it is reducing the prices on its 14nm FinFET production.
DigiTimes reports from its industry sources: "HiSilicon is already among TSMC's major clients, having placed 16nm chip orders at the Taiwan-based foundry". In response, DigiTimes adds: "TSMC said it does not comment on speculation about customers and orders". Samsung has already secured contracts from the likes of industry giants and competitors in Apple and Qualcomm by dropping its prices, while Qualcomm leans on TSMC to manufacture most of its Snapdragon processors.
Apple has relied on TSMC for its A8 processors, the ones found in the previous generation iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones.