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In addition to landing a contract to build Apple’s next-generation A9 mobile processor for 2015 iPhones and iPads, Samsung is said to be supplying the Cupertino firm with its advanced DRAM memory chips to be used in next-generation iPhones, as well as LG’s upcoming G4 flagship handset.

The South Korean firm files as the world’s biggest memory chip supplier. According to a report Tuesday by The Korea Times citing two people familiar with the deal, the contract is estimated to be worth billions of dollars and last at least for a year.

“Samsung will handle at least half of the amount that Apple needs for its new iPhone ― tentatively named iPhone 6s,” an industry official who is familiar with the deal told the paper, adding the iPhone maker may ask more from Samsung to supply the chips ”depending on the situation.”

Samsung’s in-house mobile DRAM chips will also make their way inside the upcoming Galaxy S6 flagship handset.

The deal is certainly a big win for Samsung, which saw its role as an Apple supplier diminish following patent disputes. The two firms have recently agreed to drop most lawsuits filed against each other sans those filed in the United States, where they continue to battle over patents.

Despite rumors to the contrary, teardown analysis has revealed that Apple in the iPhone 6 uses 1GB LPDDR3 RAM modules produced by SK Hynix, with Elpida supplying RAMs for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Whereas SKY Hynix’s DRAMs use 25-nanometer processing level technology, Samsung’s next-generation 8-Gigabit LPDDR4 mobile DRAMs are produced on a more efficient 20-nanometer technology. It also offers twice the density and performance compared to the LPDDR3 4-gigabit.

As for the Apple-designed A9 processor for 2015 iPhones and iPads, Samsung will be responsible for 80 percent of the production while Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will take care of the remaining 30 percent, the paper said.

Source: The Korea Times

iPhone 6c mockup top of post by 3DFuture.net.

  • Chindavon

    Frenemies Forever.

  • Newgunnerr

    Since when is 80 + 30 100?

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      It’s the same as a lot of percentages. Take consumables for example, some labels read 110% of one vitamin.

    • Skills

      It means there’s a 10% overlap where the supplier doesn’t matter

  • Gregg

    “As for the Apple-designed A9 processor for 2015 iPhones and iPads, Samsung will be responsible for 80 percent of the production while Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will take care of the remaining 30 percent, the paper said.”

    80+30=100… Ok, then… Really that hard to cut and paste stories?…

    • Tim

      It might be that they 10% percent extra chips for demo units, give aways promotions and stuff.

    • alex5723

      No. TSMC will get 80% of A9 production.

  • alex5723

    Apple should boycott Samsung’s hardware and help them on the way to bunkrupcy

    • Mike

      you know samsung doesn’t only make phone hardware… so apple cutting them off wouldn’t be that bad

    • Benedict

      😀 The other way round would make more sense I guess!

  • iPhoneWINS

    I think apple and samsung are secretly the same damn company

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    I understand apples needs to go back to Samsung they are just that good with supply and demand,but lg that’s weird. lg and Samsung compete hardcore at everything.