Samsung and Apple may be suing each other left, right and centre, but that hasn't stopped them talking about chip production partnerships. Yes, Apple and Samsung continue to discuss silicon projects, according to a unnamed source "from an Apple parts supplier based in Korea" cited by the Korea Times. Local supplier of parts to …
I'm guessing that, after ditching PowerPC, Apple can't go to IBM ?
Is Apple's cash pile big enough to Buy Samsung?
Nope, not even close.
if they merged... super TVs - oh wait, they make a hell of a lot of other stuff, the world would end...
This is just business as usual.
The Samsung Fab division is more than likely totally separate from the consumer division, therefore business with a lucrative customer [like Apple] will continue irrespective of Apple's legal spats with Samsung over handsets and tablets.
The bottom line is, irrespective of any Judge's ruling, the [Apple] devices are going to be built and I am sure Samsung would rather not see this business move to one of their competitors.
Apple benefit from a manufacturer who they have a fruitful relationship with in regards to the previous ARM silicone and are capable of meeting Apple's supply demand at a reasonable price.
Not quite as devious as some would believe, it's just good old fashioned business..
Samsung and Apple have agreed to stop suing each other and merge, the new name is to be Sample!
It is a bit odd that mortal enemies on one front are quite happy to do deals on another.
So are Apple still not really designing their own silicon?
Designing and building are 2 different things.
Apple has no fabs, they really don't produce anything themselves. They let Asians do all the work and just skim the fat part of the profits off the top.
The TSMC / UMC option has been discussed and written about at length. There's been doubts that TSMC can do the necessary process technology for Apple's chips at reasonable yields. Some Pundits have kept suggesting that Apple may end up unable to leave Samsung, cause besides Samsung, only Intel can build the new stuff efficiently, and Intel would rather use its fab capacity for their own IP, cause pure contract manufacturing isn't to American corporations' taste - not enough money in it.
Remember the debacle when Nvidia tried to have TSMC build too complex a chip? Cost them a year and profits for the entire 'unfixable' GPU generation. Yields were terrible, and leakage was such that they couldn't clock them the way Nvidia needed to, putting them behind AMD in the race. Because of the low yields, the parts they did put on the market cost them so much to make, it was a joyless business for a while. Not sure if they recovered by now.
I think Apple will go where the yields are best, given the volume they need.