Some Apple Watch units will tick and click thanks to a Samsung processor inside

Those impatient enough to strap a shiny new Apple Watch on their wrist will have to wait some more time before Cupertino makes its wearable gadget available to the wide public. The device will be powered by Apple's own S1 SiP (system-in-package), which is a smaller-sized variation of the SoCs (system-on-chip) that grace the insides of nowadays smartphones and tablets. 

Pretty little is known about the origin of most of the hardware components inside the Apple S1, but if a recent report is to be believed, it seems that Samsung might have started yet another endeavor with its greatest "frienemy", Apple.

DiGiTimes reports that Samsung has been allegedly employed to provide between 3,000 and 4,000 12-inch silicon wafers for the Apple S1 SiP each month, based on Samsung's 28nm manufacturing process. 

Although respectable, it's quite unclear if this lavish amount of silicon wafers will be enough to meet the expected demand of roughly 10 million units for 2015 alone. It is mostly certain that Samsung will be one of the several suppliers, probably joining the ranks of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), which is said to be the main supplier for S1 processors.

source: DiGiTimes


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