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Apple to continue to use Samsung and TSMC as chip suppliers until 2015

News   •   Dec 20, 2013 15:36 GMT

Despite the ugly legal battles between Apple and Samsung, the two continue to do business with each other. In fact, the Cupertino firm will continue to use the Korean tech giant as a chip supplier until 2015.

DigiTimes reports, “Samsung Electronics has signed a contract for the production of Apple's next-generation smartphone application processors to be used in 2015 using 14/16nm FinFET processes, according to sources within Apple's supply chain.

“The sources also reiterated that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which is believed to be the main foundry for 20nm A-series chips for Apple's 2014 iPhone series, has already grabbed a portion of the 14/16nm FinFET chip orders from the smartphone vendor.”

It adds, “Samsung will use its 14nm FinFET process to manufacture a portion of the A-series chips for Apple's 2015 iPhone series, and the remainder of the chips will be built using TSMC's 16nm FinFET technology, the sources indicated. TSMC should land 60-70% of Apple's total 14/16nm chip orders, with the remaining 30-40% to be taken over by Samsung, the sources said.

“There is also a possibility that TSMC and Samsung would equally share Apple's chip orders for 2014, the sources noted.”

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