Samsung Chosen to Supply 80 Percent of Apple's Future A-Series Chips for iOS Devices

Apple has reportedly chosen Samsung over Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the primary supplier for its future application processors in a deal worth billions, claims The Korea Times (Via G for Games) citing sources familiar with the deal.

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Starting in 2016, Samsung reportedly will supply 80 percent of Apple's supply of 14 nm application processors with TSMC supplying the remaining 20 percent. The key factor that boosted Samsung was its recent partnership with GlobalFoundries, a relationship which will enable Samsung to produce sufficient supply of processors to meet Apple's demand.

"Apple has designated Samsung as the primary supplier of its next A-series chips powering iOS devices from 2016 as the alliance with GlobalFoundries (GF) enabled Samsung to cut off capacity risk," a source familiar with the deal said.

During its recent conference call, Samsung confirmed that it is producing sample 14 nm chips for an unidentified customer with plans to mass produce the chips in 2015 and 2016. This latest Korean Times report claims Samsung will begin building the processors early next year in its South Korean plant with plans to expand production to the company's Austin, Texas facility and GlobalFoundries' New York factory in the coming year.

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Jacquesvw Avatar
98 months ago
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Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HobeSoundDarryl Avatar
98 months ago
Thinking about all those people who have written "I'll never buy anything made with Samsung parts again," I wonder what mobile devices they will buy now? (rhetorical)
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rootus Avatar
98 months ago
Sucks for people that swore to never buy a Samsung product again.
Anybody who says that is ignorant. Not only does Samsung make a lot more than just smartphones & tablets, they're also fundamentally a different company from Apple in that they're a manufacturer. Apple is primarily software & marketing.

Apple leans over to Samsung and whispers "Heard of GT?" <winks>
Oh dear lord. Do you have any idea how big Samsung is? Apple hasn't got the kind of leverage with Samsung that they had with a tiny little company like GT. There is most assuredly not the same kind of "you will take this deal and love it" dictation of terms. Samsung is more than big enough to say "Ha, piss off."
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
quagmire Avatar
98 months ago
No more Sandisk, Hynix, and Toshiba YAY

Who says? This is for the A9 SoC. Has nothing to do with RAM or the solid state storage suppliers.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aerok Avatar
98 months ago
Sucks for people that swore to never buy a Samsung product again.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ilikewhey Avatar
98 months ago
LOL so many members here blast about never buying anything with samsung in it, well good luck with that hahahahaha
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