Reports are out that Sammy is manufacturing the new generation of faster, smaller Apple processors at the company’s Texan facility. Well, if this is proved factual;, it might be the foundation of lost-love-found between the global smartphones manufacturers, which have vehemently faced each other in court in previous months.
Both companies have a quite fraught relationship (punctuated by legal battles) although Sammy’s component division is a major supplier to Cupertino.
At this stage, very little is known about what devices the new high performance chips will go to, although speculation is highlighting the iPhone 6. More so, this new generation of chips could be paving the way for the iPhone 7.
The new chips will indisputably be a shrink on the current A9 processor to Samsung’s 14nm process. Usually, the development of processing units is flip-flopped, towards implementing new designs on an established scale then later evolving them by size reduction.
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Smaller chips have been known to run faster and without generating much heat. But as the scales go down, these small chips become incredibly hard to make. Reports from the ET News Korea suggest that the new processors are being manufactured at Sammy’s Texas facility, representing a contract win over TSMC, which currently makes the A9 processors on a 20nm process.
The new chips are reportedly using the FinFET, 3D chip design. This approach flips the power line so that transistors switch vertically, thus packing transistors more closely.
Apple is not the first company that Samsung makes processors for. In the past, the South Korean electronics giant has been known to manufacture processors for Qualcomm. Thus, the A9 won’t have the 14nm process to itself.
In the recent years, Apple and Sammy have disagreed so badly over patents. This greatly affected Samsung’s chip business. But if these latest reports are true, Apple could have been drawn back to Samsung.
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