Apple places orders for Synaptics display controllers for the iPhone 7, in-house solution falls behind schedule

Apple places orders for Synaptics display controllers for the iPhone 7, in-house solution falls behind schedule
Taiwanese trade zine DigiTimes has let out an interesting bit of news regarding Apple's next big thing, the iPhone 7 and anyone else from the family that may come up in September! Reportedly, Apple has already made orders for display driver chips from renowned supplier Synaptics. While there's hardly anything surprising about Cupertino's choice for supplier, interestingly enough, Apple had plans for developing its own touch and display driver.

In fact, back in 2014, Apple had considered acquiring Renesas SP Drivers, a division of tech firm Renesas Electronics and the sole supplier of LCD driver chips for iPhones at the time. Apple considered the move with the aim of "improving image sharpness and battery life" on its smartphones. However, negotiations fell apart and Renesas ended up property of none other than Synaptics, which was interested in integrating its touchscreen controller with Renesas' display driver.

DigiTimes's educated guess is that Apple dealing with Synaptics means its solution won't arrive in time for the iPhone 7. Moreover, we get to learn that Apple did hire senior engineers from Renesas as it intends to complete its in-house iPhone display driver chip project. This type of solution will let the company optimize battery life and introduce additional optimizations, while reducing the number of chips ticking inside the iPhone.

source: DigiTimes via IDownloadBlog

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7 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Lol Samsung decides to use it but Apple be like gimne DAT sht we needs mass supply on em

3. No_Sammy_No_Gimmicks

Posts: 147; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Could just be for 4" iPhone

7. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Ah crap! iSucks like heck.

8. Youraveragejoe

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

with all that money moolah they still don't keep deadlines!

10. AlikMalix unregistered

Demand is to high, and nearly multiplies with each new release - no surprise at all.

9. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

Icopy

12. RuneMaster

Posts: 75; Member since: May 31, 2015

Apple should just buy Synaptics.

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