Samsung starts making A9 chips for iPhone 6S
Samsung has begun production on Apple’s A9 chip for its next-generation of devices, presumably starting with the iPhone 6S.
It was reported last month that Apple had selected Samsung as the primary manufacturer of its A-series chips.
Now, according to Korean publication Electronic Times, the manufacturer has commenced production of Apple’s A9 chip.
According to the report, production is taking place at Samsung’s Austin, Texas plant in the US. The chip itself will apparently be built using 14-nanometre FinFET technology, which is 15 percent smaller than the current 20nm standard.
It also means that the chips will require 35 percent less power to run despite having 20 percent more processing power.
Of course, this might seem a little early for production to start. The next iPhone – presumably the iPhone 6S, if Apple sticks to its guns over a major redesign every other year – won’t be cropping up until the final stretch of 2015 (despite recent dubious rumours).
This would suggest that these initial units under production at Samsung are for prototype models rather than final retail devices.
It was also reported last month that Samsung is set to be Apple’s chosen manufacturer for the all-in-one S1 chip that will power the Apple Watch early next year.
Given the level of acrimony between the two smartphone rivals, few could have predicted that Samsung would still be so instrumental in the production of Apple’s devices as we head into 2015.
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