Samsung to be “unaffected” by the loss of Apple’s processor orders, says Digitimes

December 30, 2012
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Apple and Samsung’s long-time battles have caused a lot of question as to whether or not they will continue their somewhat friendly chip partnership. Now, the questions seem to be answered as Apple is reportedly expected to discontinue or at least decrease their relationship with Samsung. They are beginning the process by decreasing the number of chip orders placed to Samsung, undoubtedly attempting to make the transition as seamless as possible. It is currently unclear as to whether or not they aim to be completely independant of Samsung’s chips, or just decrease their overall dependence on the company.

While this may seem like bad news for Samsung, the company does not appear to be worried. Digitimes reports, “The potential loss of Apple’s application processor (AP) orders, however, is unlikely to have a significant impact on Samsung’s logic IC operation.” Samsung’s logic IC operation is instead expected to be fully preserved and elevated through the company’s well-established smartphone business.

A rather interesting piece of information also provided by Digitimes is that currently, Samsung is only able to produce about 30% of the APs required for Samsung’s own smartphone devices. With Apple no longer sucking up the majority of Samsung’s production capacity, then perhaps it will allow the company for focus more intensely on their own devices.

As it stands, the only devices lucky enough to actually receive Samsung’s own chips are high-end devices such as the Galaxy S3 and the Note 2. The rest of the devices’ APs are imported by manufacturers such as Qualcomm, Nvidia, Broadcom, ST-Ericsson and Marvell. This is likely to change as the report predicts that by the end of 2013, Samsung will provide the chips for about 50% of their devices.

Comments

  • Steven Starky

    fuck apple

    • trc

      good way to support company in south korea instead of your own.

      • http://twitter.com/DnB925Art Arthur Del Mundo

        Yeah but they make processors in the USA (Texas) and are also building more facilities in the USA and thus hiring more US workers. So yes they are a Korean company who also employ a lot of Americans.

      • Mr_LoL

        Yeah like those thousands of Crapple workers in China you brainless shill.

  • B3nlok

    I wonder if people post insightful messages like the guy above with the sole purpose of getting upvotes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=592707047 Simon Craddock

    I said this months ago, it didn’t need any fancy analysts to figure out that Apples departure would free up capacity for its own devices.

  • agnar150

    Apple can go fly a kite. If that sounds better.

  • terminator

    Let’s see how this plays out: if Apple will mess this up the way they messed up a simple map app and crawled back to Google

  • ConceptVBS

    My predictions were spot on. Apple’s departure doesn’t hurt Samsung as its a vertically integrated company in both design and production.

  • steve blow jobs

    if history repeats itself, apple will be the one suffering. they have tried in the past using other chips and in their engineers words, “the phone simply does not function”. they have crawled back to Samsung several times so…

  • Adam Eldin

    sammy is investing tens of billions in expanding chip fabs, but they still can’t keep up with demand, wow

  • SuyashSrijan

    Apple can go fly a kite, if that sounds better. Samsung’s logic IC operation is expected to be fully preserved and elevated through the company’s well-established smartphone business. With Apple presumably no longer sucking up the majority of Samsung’s production capacity, perhaps it will allow the company for focus more intensely on their own devices.