I'm sure they'd love to cosy up to Apple but then so did GT Technologies.
Apple's demand for minute mechanical gizmos in its iThings is more or less dictating who wins and who loses among MEMS manufacturers, analysts reckon. Supply-chain researchers at IHS said the Cupertino idiot-tax operation's use of Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) and sensors in iPhones and iPods draws so much business …
Thursday 26th March 2015 11:37 GMT cray74
"I'm sure they'd love to cosy up to Apple but then so did GT Technologies"
Depends on the company. Texas Instruments winning or losing $500-$1000 million in Apple MEMS contract would be a kick in the tenders to TI, but survivable because a) that's under 50% of its 2013 net revenue and b) TI has a diversified portfolio with revenue from other markets. It can survive a losing division.
GT Technologies, meanwhile, bet its house, farm, bank, and blood of its firstborn child on Apple. When GT gambled and failed in a new field (sapphire production; its old field was building sapphire-making gizmos for sapphire producers), it had nothing left.
Well, it could still sell its body. I know there are some sapphire users and producers who have been very happy to start vertically monopolizing by purchasing GT's corpse for pennies on the dollar.
Thursday 26th March 2015 18:16 GMT Dan Paul