Rumor: Samsung wins contract to produce A9 processor chip for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Friday, April 3rd, 2015, 08:57
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor


Samsung will apparently be producing the A9 processor for Apple.

A report released on Thursday confirmed that Apple is contracting Samsung to manufacture A-series processors expected for inclusion in next-generation iPhone handsets.

Citing sources close to the story, Samsung is slated to fabricate Apple’s forthcoming system on chip design, potentially dubbed “A9,” bound for this year’s iOS device lineup. If true, Samsung would reclaim a position currently filled by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, the world’s largest chipmaker.

Samsung has for months been rumored to be a key supplier of Apple’s next-generation silicon, the most recent report coming in February. It was said in December that Samsung was already trialling A9 production after TSMC failed to compete with its own 16-nanometer manufacturing process.

In addition to chip architecting, Samsung is also rumored to provide DRAM modules for Apple’s A9, meaning a good portion of critical iPhone components could be produced by the Galaxy maker.

So, years of litigation aside, there’s no stopping two companies when there’s boatloads of money to be made…

Via AppleInsider and Bloomberg

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