Apple Shifts A6 Chip Production Away from Samsung

In a significant shift in its supply chain strategy, Apple is reportedly considering ending its partnership with Samsung for the production of its advanced A6 chipsets. Instead, the tech giant may partner with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

The move to TSMC’s 28 nm ARM SoC technology is slated for 2012. Speculation about Apple’s collaboration with TSMC first emerged earlier in the year, which was prior to Apple initiating a trademark infringement lawsuit against Samsung.

Despite Samsung’s role in manufacturing the A4 and A5 chipsets, their involvement in future Apple products appears uncertain.

The potential severance of ties with Samsung could have significant repercussions for the South Korean conglomerate, given that Apple is one of its largest clients. Apple sources several key components such as LCD displays, chipsets, and NAND flash memory from Samsung for its range of iOS devices.

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