Apple Still Ordering Chips from Samsung Despite Patent Battle
Published on: 17th Oct 2011
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By: Ian Mansfield
Although Samsung and Apple are fighting an ever growing patent battle over their consumer goods the division that manufactures the internal hardware is still friendly with Apple.
Citing a source at Samsung, the Korea Times said that Samsung is increasing production of the A6 quad-core processor - and the customer is Apple.
"Apple has been in talks with Samsung over shipment of its A6 quad-core mobile processor (AP) chips to be used in the next iPhone. It appears that Apple clearly has concluded that Samsung remains a critical business partner, " an executive from an Apple parts supplier based in Korea said on condition of anonymity.
He said that Samsung has been increasing the output of the Apple-designed A6 chips in its manufacturing plant in Texas, USA.
Samsung and Apple officials both declined to comment on the issue.
Apple will become Samsung's biggest overseas client by the end of this year, according to industry analysts, after buying over $8 billion worth of components including liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and memory chips.
On the web: Korea Times