A foundry partner is always important for companies like NVIDIA. TSMC has always given priority to Apple for orders, but it looks like NVIDIA will still be retaining the company as their “primary” foundry partner. NVIDIA also has Samsung as a foundry partner, but it remains unclear which products will be fabricated by TSMC and which ones by Samsung.
Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA’s CEO and co-founder said: “We are constantly evaluating foundry suppliers, … [but] we largely purchase from TSMC, the vast majority of our wafers we buy from TSMC. We are in 20nm, we are expecting to ramp 16nm. We are deeply engaged with TSMC for many, many nodes to come, including 10nm”.