Deja vu: Samsung will continue to produce A8 chip along with TSMC

Deja vu: Samsung will continue to produce A8 chip along with TSMC
Every year we hear the same story. Apple and Samsung decide to divorce and production of the next Ax chip gets turned over to TSMC. Last May, the story seemed compelling. Of course, it also sounded legitimate in 2011, and in 2012. Just last week, the story was regurgitated with the same plot and all of the same players. And this year's version of the story seemed truly believable in light of the inability of both Apple and Samsung to reach a mediated truce in their patent war.

But alas, just like the previous versions of the story, Apple has not completely banished Samsung to live in the attic with Norman Bates. Truth be told, Samsung is currently rolling the A8 off a production line in its factory in Austin,Texas. While Samsung has suffered through a rather low yield, according to a published report out of Korea, the company is merely in the testing stage with mass production scheduled to begin next quarter. That gives Samsung time to straighten things out. Meanwhile, TSMC will continue to produce the A8 as well, with Apple hoping that it can procure enough chips between the two manufacturers.

Samsung is said to be struggling with the 20nm process used for A8 production, but this has not fazed Apple. According to VLSI Research CEO Dan Hutcheson, the alliance between Samsung and Apple "is still strong" when it comes to the Ax chip. This particular partnership between Samsung and Apple defines the term "Strange Bedfellows."

source: ZDNetKorea (translated) via BGR

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18 Comments

2. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

now you isheep websites see how Samsung will make that billion back. Bet the price of processors from samsung will double among other components.

15. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Samsung will earn much more if they dont produce any chips to idorkcompany. Then they wont have anything to sell.

3. blingblingthing

Posts: 974; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

But but Samsung only produces poorly built products. Why Apple? / sarcasm.

19. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

poorly built products? wrong! base on statistics samsung had the less number of consumers that sent their samsung gadgets back to the service center for repair compared to apple, sony, htc and plus samsung products can last a decade if taken care properly but apple like the ipad only last for 3 yrs before the internal components cook off

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Frienemy with benefits.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31287; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No surprise there. It'll take at least a couple more years, to filter Samsung out of the chip supply chain. Jedii approved.

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

And the RAM, NAND and screens for their devices will just be coming from everyone else huh?

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31287; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Call and ask them. I'm simply guessing, I really don't care.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple fan still hope to filter out Samsung parts in their beloved iGadget. Dream On!

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31287; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

See the last sentence of post 8

6. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

With the SG4 and SG5 being "meh", this lawsuit isn't really needed anymore.

9. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

same story all over again. Every year we see this rumor about samsung not producing AX chip but it always turns out to be false....

10. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

haha, to all iFans out there, smash in your face

11. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I can't wait to get my Applesung iPhone Phablet later this year... Hahaha Samapple too. O.o

12. gamblor77

Posts: 118; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

That's too bad. I was really hoping Apple would be stubborn cut ties and end up f*ucking themselves. No other supplier could match their unsubstantiated demand for their steamy iTurds and the sh*t river would run dry.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31287; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude "steamy iTurds" "sh*t river would run dry". How old are you, like 13?

14. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Seems to me Timmy could not get rid off Sammy . How ironic.

20. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

then the retarded Ifans claimed the chipset as apple's innovation

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