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Samsung said quadrupling its processor shipments to Apple

updated 03:25 pm EST, Fri January 28, 2011

Samsung may give Apple 4X chips in 2011

Apple could be asking for four times as many processors from Samsung this year, reported sources claimed Friday. The iPhone designer may have stepped up its orders from 5,000 chip sheets last year to 20,000 in 2011. Multiple executives reportedly told the Korea Times that demand would be so high that Apple would be taking up half of Samsung's total 45 nanometer processor production for the year, outpacing even what Samsung needs for its smartphones and tablets.

A new $3.6 billion plant in Austin may be targeted specifically at supplying Apple, although not for distance. Virtually all Apple devices and their parts are made in China.

Samsung representative Kim Se-hun declined to comment, but mentioned that the company didn't comment on any issue that involved any of its clients.

The expansion would suggest that Apple has aggressive expectations for its mobile devices. Most of Apple's known growth this year will come from both the second-generation iPad as well as new iPhones, including the CDMA model about to go on sale. A fourfold expansion would still be unusual and could point to a completely new product, but none has surfaced so far.

An increase in production could help patch up a perceived sore point between the two electronics giants. Apple's decision to design processors in-house, starting with the A4, relegated Samsung to a manufacturer and prevented it from charging extra for fully designed chips. A further move, where Apple bought Intrinsity, likely exacerbated the problem as Apple effectively stole the company responsible for optimizing the Hummingbird processor in the Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab and Nexus S.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Bobfozz

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    Joined: Jul 2008


    I wonder if anal-ysts

    have ANY idea what a driving force Apple is and will become. They are out innovating and outthinking almost everyone out there. Just think if at some point Apple bought HP:
    1) It would be full circle since Woz's ideas were tossed out... and
    2) Because of Apple's design proclivity and functionality they could make a printer that was actually worth a damn and get rid of the 50 different kinds of printers HP has out there. That's not choice, it's insanity. And just think, drivers too instead of waiting and wondering what HP will support.

    Apple must have a think tank there that is looking into EVERYTHING as possible... while others use the words "impossible." It is probably going to turn out that iTunes was the REAL stroke of genius!

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  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009


    Does Apple

    make anything for themselves? Besides the OS?
    Didn't they just buy some chip manufacturer?
    All components originate from China, Taiwan, Malaysia, India, Korea, Singapore.... How American.

    Sound like a sugar-coated Android device designed for stupid people.

  1. facebook_Simon

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    Only the OS...

    Wow, so if Apple didn't make the OS, they could be churning out crappy, second tier android devices too!

  1. starwarrior

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    Joined: Mar 2006


    Just like cars.

    Work out deals to build them here instead of import them.

    They could save projected sweatshop labor costs by advance automating of lights off production and assembly facilities.

    The return to America would be the high paying engineering and construction jobs created to design and build such facilities. If over seas help is required (have we forgotten how) the same profit margin could be guaranteed to them.

    The overall corporate taxes could be used to continue to pay the unskilled but gizmo addicted out of work American labor source.

    Apple has enough cash to provide upfront the project's sweatshop savings startup costs.

    Just like cars. Of course Toyotas used to be perfect. After a few years of American made, there is recall after recall. Lights out facilities would solve this problem.

    Another problem solved by the master of the most esoteric science.

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