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Apple's chip supplier is sued; possible ban would affect iPhones, iPads, and more

We already know by heart and sautéed: one more day, one more process. This time, however, Apple is not directly involved in the court case, but its chip supplier, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.

Unfortunately for TSMC, the GlobalFoundries (a California-based semiconductor company) sued her for alleged patent infringements involving Taiwanese processor used on iPhones, Google Pixel devices, NVIDIA CPUs and many others, as the US company itself reported.

More precisely, GlobalFoundries claims that certain TSMC chips infringe 16 of its US and German registered patents. As part of the process, the supplier seeks to block imports of processors, which they say depend on these patents to be produced.

Although the litigation is in the early stages, if the case is decided in favor of GlobalFoundries, the bomb will burst not only in TSMC's hands, but also in the business of some tech giants such as Apple, Google, NVIDIA, ASUS. , Lenovo, OnePlus, and Qualcomm itself, with which Ma has been bad for a long time.

GlobalFoundries announced earlier this year that it would end chip development from the 7-nanometer production method, shifting its strategy to specific systems such as radio frequency and IoT. Without the ability to compete with area giants such as TSMC and Samsung, the company apparently decided that the best option was to advance its patents to win this fight in the court.

According to GlobalFoundries senior vice president of engineering and technology Gregg Bartlett, these processes are actually intended to “protect investments and innovation based in the US and Europe,” stating that TSMC “illegally reaps the benefits " of this:

For years, while we have spent billions of dollars on research and development, TSMC illegally reaps the benefits of our investments. This is essential to stop the illegal use of our vital assets and to protect the American and European manufacturing base.

As we said, GlobalFoundries seeks to ban the importation of TSMC chips which, if enacted, would affect all Apple product lines that use A series chips (iPhones, iPads, iPods touch, etc.) in addition to gadgets from other manufacturers. According to Tom’s HardwareAn immediate embargo is unlikely, but possible in the short / medium term.