According to a report partners Samsung Electronics and Globalfounderies are said to have secured 70% of the orders for the A9 chip. This is the processor to be used on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, or whatever Apple ends up calling the device.
The news comes to us courtesy of DigiTimes. According to the site, “Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries have secured a combined 70% of orders for Apple’s A9 processors with their 14nm FinFET technology, according to industry sources.
“Samsung will be ready to produce 30,000-40,000 12-inch wafers monthly to meet demand on its 14nm process node, with the demand from both Apple and Samsung’s own handset division, said the sources. Samsung will also be building its next-generation Exynos processor on its own 14nm process.
“Globalfoundries will be used as a backup fab by Samsung for the manufacture of Apple’s 14nm A9 chips, with the availability of production capacity estimated at 20,000-30,000 wafers monthly, the sources indicated.”
Despite the Korean tech giant’s and the Cupertino firm’s epic legal battles over patents, it seems it’s still business as usual between the two.
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