iPhone 6 and Samsung: Not much in common
Samsung is looking to boost its chip business for low-cost phones as Apple switches to other manufacturers for its processors.
What do the iPhone 6 and Samsung have in common? Not much, according to a report.
Samsung will not be making processors for Apple’s iPhone 6, so says
the Korea Economic Daily in a report dated Wednesday.
To counter the “damage caused” by “Apple shunning Samsung” for the
iPhone 6 processor, the Korean company is developing a processor with an
integrated 3G/4G modem for low-cost phones to compete with Qualcomm and
MediaTek, the report said.
Qualcomm is a leading supplier of processors with modems built directly onto the same slice of silicon as the processor.
Demand for phone processors — referred to generally as an AP or
application processor — with a built-in modem is increasing as the
demand for low-cost phones rises.
Samsung Exynos chips — like the Exynos 5 Octa
— do not have integrated modems. Nor do the chips that Samsung has manufactured for Apple.
Though Samsung is making processors for the
Apple is expected to switch to another chipmaker — such as Taiwan
Semiconductor Manufacturing Company or TSMC — for the iPhone 6. It’s
not clear if Apple will integrate the modem onto the processor in future
A recent report
in the Korea Economic Daily claimed Samsung will return as a supplier
to Apple with a future A9 processor, which is at least a couple of years
down the road.
That same report claimed TSMC will be the manufacturer of the next round of Apple processors.