Samsung Confirms Building A9 Processor For 2015 iPhones and iPads

Although there is a cold war between Samsung and Apple, this didn't prevent the Galaxy maker to provide Apple with screen supplies and more... Earlier today Samsung of South Korea confirmed to reporters that it will start providing mobile processors for Apple before the end of this year..

ZDNet reported. The chips, likely to be branded under the “A9” moniker, will be manufactured on Samsung’s cutting-edge 14-nanometer process technology.

The confirmation comes from Kim Ki-nam, president of Samsung’s semiconductor-making arm and head of System LSI business.

Speaking to reporters at company headquarters in Seoul, Ki-nam quipped that his company’s fortunes “will improve positively” once sales are boosted thanks to the lucrative Apple chip deal. The new mobile processor should make their way into 2015 iPhone and iPad devices.

DigiTimes, the hit-and-miss Taiwanese trade publication, later added that rival TSMC would be responsible for the bulk of A9 production, claiming that Samsung received first orders for the new processor back in June.

The 14nm technology allows for even smaller components than the two billion transistors packed inside the 20-nanometer A8 processor, which powers the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Smaller components help reduce both the size of the overall package and the distance the electrons must travel. In turn, the A9 chip should yield a faster performance and even greater power savings than the A8 processor.

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