Apple’s A7 Proves Love Affair With Samsung Is Far From Over
It appears that Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) dysfunctional supplier relationship with rival smartphone maker Samsung (SSNLF.PK) will continue into the foreseeable future. A recently completed teardown of the iPhone 5S done by Chipworks’s researchers confirmed that the new A7 processor was manufactured by Samsung.
According to Chipworks via, IFixIt: “We have confirmed through early analysis that the device is fabricated at Samsung’s Foundry and we will confirm process type and node later today as analysis continues. That being said, we suspect we will see Samsungs 28 nm Hi K metal Gate [HKMG] being used. We have observed this same process in the Samsung Exynos Application processor used in the Galaxy S4. Our engineers will be deprocessing the Apple A7 as soon as they can to confirm this or they can provide different information.”
This teardown disproves earlier speculation from some commentators that Apple’s 64-bit A7 chip may have been made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (NYSE:TSM) Apple has long been rumored to be reducing its dependence on Samsung for its components.