Samsung Continues to Supply A6 Chip to Apple

It’s been quite a long time since Apple and Samsung battling against each other so as to seek product ban for patent infringement. Regardless of all the hostility in court, both the companies depend on each other in one way or other. We have got reports that Samsung will continue to supply processor to the Apple. This time Samsung will manufacture A6 processor for Apple in its Austin plant, located in Texas (TX).

The popular online blog 9to5Mac reported in one of its post while quoting Korean Times that Apple’s next chip will be supplied by Samsung, claim some industry sources.

The report from Korean Times has rejected all the earlier claims made by Taiwan Economics News and Commercial Times regarding Apple’s intentions of having their next-generation A6 chip from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) rather than Korean electronics company, Samsung.

Korea Times Reports:

Industry sources say that Apple will continue to use Samsung’s chips and technology for its next smartphone, which may or may not be named the iPhone 5.

“Apple has been in talks with Samsung over shipment of its A6 quad-core mobile processor (AP) chips to be used in the next iPhone. It appears that Apple clearly has concluded that Samsung remains a critical business partner,’’ an executive from an Apple parts supplier based in Korea said on condition of anonymity.

It is not yet cleared what actually the specifications of the Apple A6 chip are except for Apple and chip manufacturer. There are reports claiming that Nvidia is going to introduce quad-core chips in Android-powered smartphones next year, hence we can presume that the Apple’s next-generation A6 chip would also be a quad-core offering a considerable performance gain over the existing A5 dual-core chip used in iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.

At one side where both companies are dependent on each other for their services, while on the other we see a completely opposite picture where both companies are battling against each other on patent infringements. Both companies are doing their best to seek product ban against their rival firm. Both companies are standing against each other in several countries and are in a patent war. Both Apple and Samsung are tech giants and such disputes between the two companies certainly damaging their partnership. We can only hope that the two companies will resolve their issues as soon as possible in a cross-licensing deal.

The Chief Operating Officer and President at Samsung, Lee Jae-yong says that Apple is Samsung’s one of most important clients and the litigations are somehow damaging the strong relationships that two companies have. He expresses his feelings as:

Apple is one of Samsung’s most important clients, and we have developed a solid partnership. But that’s a separate matter from the legal disputes between the two companies in areas where they compete.

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