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X-Ray of Apple iPad 2 shows A5 chips built by Samsung

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X-Ray of Apple iPad 2 shows A5 chips built by Samsung
We reported the other day that Apple had signed a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing for the latter to build A5 CPU chips. But apparently, the ink on the contract has not yet dried because analysis of X-Rays taken of the Apple iPad 2 show that Samsung manufactured the A5 CPU chips currently used in the device.

By looking at the shape of the transistor gates and dielectric layers and comparing them to the chips used in the original iPad, analysts at Chipworks and UBM TechInsights have been able to conclude that Samsung made processors remain at the heart of the sequel to Apple's wildly successful tablet. But this is bound to change.

Chipworks analysts believe that the gang at Cupertino is unwilling to continue to buy a rival's parts and Samsung is certainly an Apple competitor in handsets with the Galaxy S line of Android phones, and with the Galaxy Tab series of Android-based tablets. As a result, Apple is expected to slowly change over to chips made by TSMC.

Chipworks noted that the size of the A5 chip used in the iPad 2 is about double the size of the A4, used in the original Apple iPad.  The new chip measures 10.1 x 12.1 mm, compared to 7.3 x 7.3 mm for the A4.

Despite the news of Apple's contract with TSMC, the company is still expected to be Samsung's largest customer this year, with $7.8 billion in sales estimated to be generated for the Korean based manufacturer in 2011.

source: AppleInsider

XRays show that the A5 chip used in the current 
iPad 2 units are manufactured by Samsung

XRays show that the A5 chip used in the current iPad 2 units are manufactured by Samsung


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posted on 15 Mar 2011, 09:40 2

1. jbash (Posts: 339; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


busted! lol

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 09:47

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


now i wonder how the galaxy tab would do....

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 10:10 2

3. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


Built by Samsung.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 14:52 1

11. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


And designed by Apple. That makes a big difference :)

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 10:10 1

4. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the big question is the the Orion chipset thats comming in the SGS2/ tab10.1 just like the hummingbird found in the SGS1 is also in the ip4. Of course, sammy gives them the older version and keeps the upgrade for themselves.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 11:00 1

6. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


haha...thru Samsung all things mobile electronics-wise are possible. now step your own f'n tablet game up. Get em' Sammie.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 12:00 2

7. IOS5 (unregistered)


Built by samsung only not designed by samsung! So samsung can't use that ship for there devices try to understand droid brain lol

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 12:49 1

8. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


Samsung makes a variety of powerful chips for their own devices. Don't get too snarky about apple, they are such a weak company in terms of real technological capacity that they have to give their designs to one of their biggest competitors to make for them. So much for the big surprise and all the apple hush hush about what's inside. Yeah, real competitive advantage in the long run eh? Yeah, ipad is selling......now. And so were their computers.....at one point in history about 25 years ago.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 14:55 2

12. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


What? Samsung only built the chips, they did not design it. And why are you dwelling in Apple's past? Is that to make you feel better that they weren't doing well before? You're a nutcase.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 15:19

13. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Apple's computers are selling really well right now actually. If you count iPads they're the biggest manufacturer in the US of computers.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 21:24

14. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


Well, apple is not a manufacturer for starters, they are merely a brand. And no matter what you say about how well you feel they are selling, they are under 2% market share in the computer market.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 13:19 2

9. kcombs (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


Apple used Samsung chips in every iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad ever built. whats the big deal?

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 14:51 1

10. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


This is old news. It was already said before that the first few batches of the A5 SoC chips for the ipad2 will be built by Samsung, but succeeding ipad2's will have its A5 chips built by TSMC

posted on 16 Mar 2011, 20:57

15. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no, more than likely the recently penned deal would be for ipad3 chipsets. it takes a while to ink the deal, get the designs, set up the factory and pump up the supply. There are rumors that the ipad3 will break tradition and actually launch around christmas so that would make sence as well.

samsung makes bad ass chips. they power the iphone4 and the galaxyS with their hummingbird chips (of course sammy saved the more powerful version for them though).

Now if they would just quit using the RFS file system and go to EXT4 life would be better..lol.

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