Apple’s A5 iPhone 4S and iPad 2 Chip Now Manufactured in Texas by Samsung

News | Saturday December 17 2011 7:41 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , ,

Apple usually relies on Asian OEMs for its parts, but
 reports that the A5 processor is manufactured in a sprawling 1.6 million square feet factory in Texas owned by Samsung.
Insiders who know about Apple ‘s manufacturing habits will agree that most of their parts are sourced and assembled by low-cost Asian manufacturers. Reuters’ insiders are claiming that a relatively new Samsung factory in Austin, Texas is outputting A5 chips for Apple . The ARM-based dual-core A5 processor powers the
. Reuters reports.
Nearly all of the output of the non-memory chip production from the factory – which is the size of about nine football fields – is dedicated to producing Apple chips, one of the people said. Samsung also produces NAND flash memory chips in Austin.
Neither Apple nor Samsung commented on these claims, stating that they will not disclose information on supplier/customer relationships.
litigation going on between the two, it appears as though Samsung is still the manufacturing partner in charge of processors for Apple . Rumors in August claimed that Apple was looking at the
for its upcoming A6 processor, though later there were claims that
Now, because of this new information, there seems to be more support for the rumor that Samsung will be the one to produce Apple ‘s upcoming A6 processor, which will power the
, next generation iPhone as well as the
that are expected to be launched in 2012.

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