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

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

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iPad 2
  • Display 9.7" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 0.7 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 6944 mAh



1. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

busted! lol

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

3. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Built by Samsung.

11. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

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

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

6. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

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

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

8. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 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.

12. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

14. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 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.

9. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

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

10. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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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