The Korea Times reports that Samsung and Apple – bitter rivals and excellent partners – have reached an agreement for application processor production for upcoming iPhone and iPad models. Samsung is said to once again become the leading supplier of processors for Apple, tasked with producing 80% of the total processor supply in 2016. The remainder will be handled by the trusty Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.
In addition, Samsung is expected to secure more chip orders from industry heavyweights such as Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Sony. Once again, the partnership with GlobalFoundries is at play here – an industry official explained that corporate clients were “reluctant” to enlist Sammy for chips other than memory modules, but the partnership will “allow Samsung to win more orders to fabricate customized chips”. The company’s logic chip arm expects to “bolster its profits” next year, which sounds reasonably reasonable. Reportedly, the deal is worth “billions of dollars”.