Samsung to reportedly manufacture the A9 chip for the next-gen iPhone

  1. Just last month, there were rumors that a Samsung processor would power Apple's upcoming smartwatch, now Recode is reporting that the South Korean company will also be manufacturing the A9 chip for the next-gen iPhone.

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  2. justin69

    justin69 TS Rookie

    So does this mean Apple has to put Samsung inside on every phone.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Apples got so much money, why don't they just throw up a fab and make produce their own chips?
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  4. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Apple is using two foundries.
    A9 is on Samsung's 14nm-XM process
    A9X is on TSMC's 16nmFF+ process
    Building the fabs would be the least of the issues. You'd still need to staff it with qualified process techs, and the larger issue of lithography tool availability. ASML's NXE:3300B is rolling off the assembly line at a rate of low single digits per year with a fairly solid backlog of orders stretching years.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2015

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