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Apple is moving away from TSMC and back to Samsung to manufacture the chip that is the power house behind the iPhone, reports Recode.

The report notes that Apple had “hoped” to rely more heavily on TSMC for the next-generation A9 processor – probably, you know, because Samsung is a huge rival – but things didn’t work out that way because of TSMC’s limits in manufacturing.

Samsung will be building the A9 chip using the 14nm process, which allows the chip to run cooler and draw less power from the iPhone’s battery. TSMC is unable to manufacture anything smaller than the 20nm process that is currently used in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. 

It’s worth noting that while Samsung will be manufacturing the chip, the Cupertino technology giant still designs the chip in-house with its engineer teams. Hilariously, Samsung doesn’t make its own chips either for the Galaxy line, and instead makes use of Qualcomm chips manufactured by TSMC.

Recode reports Samsung has invested a staggering sum — $21.4 billion — to ramp up capacity in its semiconductor and display businesses over the last year, and plans to spend even more in 2015 – presumably to appease Apple.

“Samsung LSI hasn’t directly confirmed Apple as its 14nm customer. But the company sounded confident about 14nm FinFET ramp in the second half of this year during its Q4 2014 earnings call,” said Strategy Analytics analyst Sravan Kundojjala.

Not all is bad for TSMC. There’s been rumors floating around that TSMC will remain the manufacturer behind the A9X chip for Apple’s iPad, however it’s definitely not as lucrative as manufacturing the iPhone chip.

Source: Recode

  • Abe Masri

    This might sound stupid but.. Since Samsung produces the processors for Apple, wouldn’t they be able to produce the same processor and use it in their products?

    • 9to5Slavery

      Maybe because they aren’t there yet at that level.

    • Christian A.

      Android system won’t work on apples chip architecture.

      • BozzyB

        Since Apple’s Ax design is based on a ARM architectural license and Android works on even more architectures including ARM, MIPS, PPC and Intel’s x86, I doubt that.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      probably tried to recreate it on their failed exynos processors already.

      • BozzyB

        What exactly failed on Samsung’s Exynos Soc? Do you mix that up with Qualcoms Snapdragon overhearing rumor?

      • Bugs Bunnay

        nope, didn’t mix up a thing. they use snapdragon over exynos because of LTE issues.
        source: other well known sites if idb didn’t cover that already.

      • BozzyB

        Can’t remember or find any source for that. Please enlight me. Years ago they prefered Qualcom because they didnt have a SoC with LTE by that time.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        -_- just call my comment a troll and move on. I don’t think you even tried. I mean it was even on the verge… oops.

      • BozzyB

        You “think” strange things… I just searched again on this site, but couldn’t find anything either. But you surely can do it better than me, I think. Would be very happy to be provided with a link.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        I think you think just as strange as me. I’m just trolling you. lolol

    • Chris

      – Intellectual property of Apple Inc.

      – Protected by a number patents

      I don’t see how you got to the conclusion of “theft”.

      • Abe Masri

        I didn’t mean that they’ll copy the exact same processor, I meant like copying the architecture and the way it was designed and then build their own under a different name.

      • Chris

        It doesn’t matter, “stealing” ideas from an technology that you had no hand in designing is illegal, Apple could take Samsung to the cleaners if they did that.

    • 12345678

      samsung just manufactures apple designed chips, so technically the A9 chip is apple’s property

  • altechi

    Hmm? I thought they do use their own Exynos chips on their Galaxy Phones, I know my friend’s S4 phone uses them…different region different chips?

  • Thanxdude

    Samsung will be using their own chips for the next galaxy. TSMC won’t be able to supply a reliable chip.

  • Tommy

    Bummer. Summonning all iFags to skip the next iPhone as it’ll have the heart of Samsung. All your forthcoming arguments about Apple will automatically be irrelevant if you own one.

    • Martynet

      that heart is designed by Apple. Samsung is just poor manufacturer…

      • 12345678

        Samsung isn’t really a poor manufacturer since this article shows that TSMC couldn’t make these chips…do agree though that the chip is designed by apple

    • Chris

      Considering the A5 chip was made by Samsung it doesn’t really make any difference, maybe you should check your facts before making up shitty insults that only insult yourself.

      • Tommy

        Lmao calm your tits bro.

      • George

        Ifags? Are you an internet troll from the early 2000s?

  • 12345678

    Exynos Octo-core chips are used in galaxy devices in several countries…

  • Manuel Molina

    Sounds like Samsung is making more than processors, they are taking ideas on how to make their phones more like iPhones.

    • Kurt

      iPhone 6 is a clear copy of the Note 3. Samsung used to copy more than Apple but now, Apple clearly copies more than Samsung. You’re not possibly going to deny that are you?