Samsung has begun manufacturing Apple’s “A9” system-on-chip. Using the company’s newest 14-nanometer process, the chip will likely find a home on next-generation iOS devices in 2015, according to Korea’s Electronic Times (via The Verge).
The South Korean company is said to have begun production on the A8 successor at its facility in Austin, Texas. This comes just two months after the first report surfaced that said Samsung would once again fill the lion’s share of Apple’s production needs.
Out of the total volume of A8 chips found on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung is producing around 30 percent. The rest are being produced by Taiwan’s TSMC.
News that Samsung has been awarded the A9 contract doesn’t come as a surprise. In July, Reuters said that Samsung was likely to scoop up orders for Apple’s 2015 mobile processor.
Before the A8, Samsung was Apple’s only provider of microprocessors for iPhones and tablets.
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