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Samsung Already Confirmed to Produce Apple’s A9 Smartphone Chip

by Jacob Kleinman | October 2, 2014October 2, 2014 6:00 pm PDT


Apple just released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last month, but it looks like the company has already made a deal with Samsung to produce the chips for its next flagship phone. The South Korean titan says it’s agreed to manufacture the A9 processor for Cupertino using an energy-saving 14-nanometre design, ZDNet reports.

Samsung and Apple have worked together to produce iPhone chips for a while now, but Cupertino tapped Taiwan-based TSMC to supply about 70 percent of its A8 processor while Samsung handled the rest. The shift had a negative effect on the South Korean company’s bottom line, but according to Kim Ki-nam, who heads the firm’s semiconductor business, the new deal should boost profits moving forward.

The A9 chip will reportedly be produced using a 14-nanometer process starting later this year. Samsung says the new chips will be smaller, will consume less battery and will offer more processing power overall. By comparison, the A8 chip uses a 20-nanometer process, while TSMC apparently plans to use a 16-nanometer process for its next mobile chip.

Apple’s decision is particularly good news for Samsung, at least considering the two firms have butted heads in courtrooms for the past several years on other issues. When it comes to Android devices, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon lineup pretty much dominates the conversation, even powering some of Samsung’s own flagship phones in some markets, instead of its own Exynos chip. Of course Apple probably won’t confirm the news either way, so we won’t really know for sure until the next iPhone is released almost a year from now.


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...