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  • Apple to ditch Samsung for its Apple A6 nextgeneration SoCs

    first_imgApple and Samsung have a pretty close relationship despite their ongoing legal sparring over patent infringement and trade dress. Still, just when things seemed like they couldn’t get any worse, Apple is cozying up to another semiconductor company that could be the source for the A6, Apple’s next-generation system-on-a-chip (SoC) that will likely power the next iPad and iPhone.At first blush, it wouldn’t make sense for Apple to shift its resources away from a trusted brand that’s delivered on their product up to this point. Still, Apple and Samsung’s relationship was much stronger before the lawsuits over the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab and their similarities to the iPhone and iPad started. Apple has even gone as far as to sue Samsung on their home country of South Korea to get the matter settled.AdChoices广告When the cases started, all indications were that there would be some compensation from Samsung to appease Apple and the matter would go away. That way the business ties between the two companies would stay strong and Apple’s market channel would be uninterrupted. Now however, Ars Technica is reporting that a number of sources in the semiconductor industry have hinted that Apple is planning to shift chip production from Samsung to another firm: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufcaturing Company (TSMC.)If the rumors are true, the first product that TSMC will likely make for Apple will be the A6 SoC, the successor to the Apple A5 that currently ships inside of the iPad 2 and is expected to be in the next iPhone. Those same sources say that in 2012, Apple will make the switch from Samsung to TSMC when the iPad 3 or iPhone 6 are announced, and the A6 will ship along in those devices.Apple’s relationship with TSMC isn’t a secret: the two companies have been working together to bring Apple’s chipsets down from 45nm to 28nm. However, this is the first time anyone has indicated that Apple will break up with Samsung. It’s possible that this was going to happen anyway and the legal battles between Apple and Samsung simply correlate, but we can’t imagine they help relations between the two companies at all.Read more at Ars Technicalast_img read more

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