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Taiwan's TSMC wields souped-up iPhone chips to overpower rivals

Top contract chipmaker's 7 nanometer tech seen as big advantage

TSMC's Fab 15 B facilities in Taichung are making next-generation processors for the new iPhone handset.

TAIPEI/PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest contract chipmaker, is on the offensive at a time when the soaring costs of chip development are becoming an impossible burden for many industry players.

TSMC, the sole supplier of central processing units for Apple's smartphones since the launch of the iPhone 7 series in 2016, is determined to take advantage of its 7 nanometer technology to expand its control of the global chipmaking market.

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