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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29 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

I think the article should be titled: Samsung will stay above water thanks to Apple's own designed chips for the Apple Watch that will be manufactured by Samsung.. Anyway, please correct the title nevertheless, it should be: "Some Apple Watch units will tick and click thanks to a Samsung MANUFACTURED processor inside" (Apple did design these themselves, as usual)

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Funny, I never saw 'iPhone manufactured by Foxconn' on Apple's site either. BTW, if you had slightest of idea in how many businesses Samsung is involved you wouldn't make a statement like 'Samsung will stay above water'. Samsung has more employees then Google, Apple and Microsoft COMBINED. If you are a human being on this planet in a developed country there is a high chance you've either owned, lived or carried a Samsung product at least once in your life, either directly or indirectly. Samsung isnt going anywhere anytime soon !

3. AlikMalix unregistered

I know about other Samsung products and branches... I'm just ticked off that no one will read the rest of the article and assume Apple actually uses Samsung's chips, when all Apple does is use their manufacturing plants... The "above water" part was just an added insult to injury due to Samsungs continuous decline in profits...

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Well then you might wanna Google the meaning of the phrase 'Above water'..... Over 20 billion in profit is far from being above water. FYI, inspite of declining profit they did beat investors forecast for Q4.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And they still make and sell more phones than All ANDROID OEM's combined.

4. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

It's funny how some people think the entirety of Samsung (home appliances, televisions, semiconductor chips, display panels, smartphones, laptops, media and entertainment) magically disappeared because they didn't sell as many GS5s as they expected. I don't directly own a Samsung product except a SyncMaster monitor (old Note 10.1 on JB gave me the Touchwiz heebie-jeebies), but to mock their presence in electronics is condescending.

5. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Because they only made made about 23 Billion $ profit this year? Samsung is much, much more than just a smartphone manufacturer and they are doing well in semiconductor products, TV's, cameras, fridges, printers etc. They don't need Apple to survive... Apple want to get away from Samsung, but they can't. TSMC can't compete with Samsung 14nm FinFET. After issues with the flash memory on the iphone 6 Apple went back to Samsung. So who needs who?

8. AlikMalix unregistered

That's all correct, I was more ticked off that the title suggests that Samsung is going to "design" the S1 SoC and sell to Apple, when Samsung is ONLY going to manufacture that (read my post #3)

22. inyourdreams

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 16, 2014

You were ticked off? Get a life man.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Above water? They made over $4 billion net profit last quarter. That's so far above sea level, the air is thin. Stop with the crud.

9. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Oh boy I just love some ppl who just get up and start writing comments without any knowledge. Example: @AlikMalix

10. AlikMalix unregistered

Read my post #3... I was trying to make an empty insult at Samsungs expense... all based on continuous decline in profits... geez... Where are you guys when anti-apple fans post ridiculous remarks like these...?

12. Ashoaib

Posts: 3285; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

but The_Godfather is right bcoz it does seems like that you just get up and start writing comments without any knowledge

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

You should learn how to stay above water.

15. engineer-1701d unregistered

hahaha you mean it should say apple stays relevant and in the tech game thanks to samsung yet again, not only making the 20nm soc for ip6 but also one of the a handful of companies in the world to make 14nm soc as well without samsung apple would not have even passed the 3g cell band since its mostly samsungs patents on that intel board.

16. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I see your point but the end of the day, Samsung and Apple still need each other in some ways.

25. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Yeah those 3000 or 4000 units is going to decide samsungs future... cool story bro....

13. TruthSpeaker unregistered

It's ironic to see how apple keeps returning to Samsung for components. Like a petulant child throwing a tantrum and returning to it's parent, when it realises it has no choice.

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It's hardly the case, funny you see the way multinational business is done as a family matter. Apple needs someone to manufacture a CPU they designed with certain specs at a certain price for a certain amount of units. If that happens to be Samsung, go with them. It would be bad business to go with someone else who doesn't meet the criteria, just because you had some legal disputes. It's all about the money, nothing more, nothing less.

21. TruthSpeaker unregistered

You don't actually know about my knowledge of "multinational business" though do you? I was referring to Apples longstanding empty rhetoric, in its desire to stop using Samsung as a supplier. However hard they try they are forced to keep coming back to suckle on Samsungs teat.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31069; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don't care who chips it, the Jed just wats to rock it. I'm waiting Mr. Cook.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Me to. My body is ready.

20. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Funny thing I was driving this morning and wondered how cool will it be to get text messages to my apple watch lol

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31069; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I know right? I've been thinking about all the ways it'll be used in. What's cool is, since my wife wants one, I'll have that one person to use it with a lot. One of my older sisters will definitely get it too. Having others with em, will make it more fun.

26. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

That's awesome I'll try and see who will get it around me, my boss was talking about it so that would be cool I guess lol

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31069; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I just can't wait to try it out. I gotta admit, it's got me very intrigued at the possible uses of it. +1

29. iseethelight

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 11, 2015

I too was contemplating the uses of a smart watch as I read this article on Samsung's third generation of smart watch

19. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Apple and Samsung working together, money always talks!! Love both companies so I'm happy. Can't wait for the watch!

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31069; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They work together, while idiots fight on tech sites. They gotta love it.

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