Apple reportedly signs agreement with Samsung to supply 14-nm chips

By Shawn Knight
Jul 15, 2013
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  1. Apple has reportedly signed an agreement with Samsung that will see the Korean tech giant supply future A-series chips for iOS devices. Sources say Samsung will be responsible for providing A9 chips using their new 14-nanometer manufacturing process which will...

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  2. Is this what they call "frenemies"?

    "Here, just let me sue you for billions one day then pay you billions in agreements the next." ._.
    Jad Chaar and BlueDrake like this.
  3. It is what they call "business."
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,473   +963

    I love how Apple just noticed that Samsung is the only one that can keep up with demand.
  5. I guess next we invade korea for chips.
    coolazeem likes this.
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,631   +1,031

    It's very possible that they never really planned to drop Samsung completely. It's common for businesses to bring in another big supplier so they don't rely on just one. If Samsung (or TSMC) were Apple's only supplier then Samsung could demand more money for future contracts because Apple would be stuck with them. But by having two suppliers Apple can force them to compete a little on price and quality.
  7. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,128   +187

    I would not be surprised if the "alleged rift" between Apple and Samsung is jut a cover to keep the artificial high price of apple products.
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 5,909   +1,702

    It's just business. Samsung needs Apple just as Apple needs Samsung in order for both to remain profitable. I wonder if Apple has approached Intel/Micron yet...
    misor likes this.
  9. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Maniac Posts: 429   +114

    Don't know if Intel saw this coming, they were supposed to have a time advantage on development and Samsung will be using 14 nm the same year as Intel -a huge jump in fabrication process for Samsung.
    misor likes this.
  10. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,128   +187

    is Intel entering into "arm-like processor" business or apple considering going into x86 processor architecture?
  11. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 2,913   +1,173

    It's a cloak'n dagger business model, sleeping with the enemy...
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 5,909   +1,702

    I'm sure Intel can produce ARM type processors if approached and the price is right.
  13. I don't get this relationship. This reminds me of a married couple who hate each other's guts, fight all the time, cheat on each other, lie and steal from each other, but then at the end of the day come together and are able to sleep in the same bed and have many children together. W T F!
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,861   +1,521

    Don't ya just wish the people at Samsung would grow a pair, and tell Apple to go f*** itself?

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