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Keep Your Enemies Close: Apple’s A7 Chip is Made by Samsung

by Jacob Kleinman | September 21, 2013September 21, 2013 2:00 pm PDT

Apple A7 Processor

As competition between Apple and Samsung grows increasingly hostile, Cupertino has made a noticeable effort to reduce its reliance on the South Korean company for components. When it comes to the new A7 processor that powers the iPhones 5s, however, Apple is still leaning on Samsung for production.

An inspection from Chipworks confirms that Samsung manufactured the A7 processor found inside the iPhone 5s. Their breakdown also notes that the M7 coprocessor is built by NXP Semiconductors, a Netherlands-based company.

Apple has been looking to move as much of its business away from Samsung as possible, and for the past few years the company has reportedly been in talks with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) for the production of future “A” series chips. Earlier this year the Wall Street Journal reported that the two companies signed a deal, but CPU production likely won’t switch over until 2014.

Chipworks The Verge

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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