Samsung to produce A9 chips for next generation iPhones and iPads


A8 chip
A report from Bloomberg claims that Samsung’s Electronics division will be making Apple’s A9 chipsets this year. 
The chipset will be used by the Cupertino company on its upcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
The report claims that Samsung will be making the A9 chips at its Giheung plant in South Korea. While Samsung will be manufacturing the majority of the chipsets, the rest of the orders will go to Samsung’s partner Globalfoundries Inc.
Apple reportedly went with Samsung over TSMC this time around, because of the former’s advanced 14nm fabrication process.
Samsung was the exclusive supplier to Apple’s A’x’ chips until last year, when it lost the contract to supply the majority of the A8 chips used inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to TSMC.
To win back the contract from Apple this year, the company has invested heavily in its factories and R&D, including spending $15 billion on a new plant to manufacture chips that will be located outside Seoul.
TSMC has also invested heavily to develop its factories and technologies, and expects to win back the contract from Samsung to supply the majority of A’x’ chips to Apple in 2016.
Reports have indicated that iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will feature 2GB RAM and Force Touch technology, though recent report indicates Force Touch will be available exclusively on the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus. Apple is also rumored to launch a 4-inch iPhone 6c this year, whose rear shells leaked earlier this week.
[Via Bloomberg]

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