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Apple Taps Samsung to Build A9 Processors

by Todd Haselton | July 1, 2014July 1, 2014 8:30 am PST

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Android and iOS fans may rage all day long discussing which phone maker they like best, but at the end of the day even staunch rivals like Apple and Samsung end up working together in one capacity or another. Case in point: a new report from Digitimes suggests that Apple has tapped Samsung and another company, GlobalFoundries, to help build its next generation A9 processor.

We’re expecting the A8 processor this year in the iPhone 6 and the latest crop of iPad tablets, which means this very well could be the chip for Apple’s next lineup of mobile devices, perhaps the iPhone 7. The news outlet hasn’t yet learned how big of an order Samsung may have received, since sources told DigiTimes that Intel may also receive some of Apple’s chip orders. “The 14nm products will be rolled out from Samsung’s Fab 8 in New York, said the sources, adding that Fab 8 will have an installed capacity of 60,000 wafers a month for the 14nm process,” DigiTimes explained.

We don’t know how accurate this report is, but Apple doesn’t slow down just because a new iPhone is on the horizon, so it’s probably not too unlikely that it’s already working to get all its eggs in a row more than a year ahead of next year’s iPhone launch.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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