According to "South Korea Herald" Beijing time on July 19 reported that in 2013 by TSMC took the iPhone chip OEM orders, Samsung Electronics will once again next year for Apple's new iPhone production chips.
Samsung has recently purchased a very UV lithography machine for the iPhone to produce 7 nanometer mobile processors. Extreme UV lithography is the most advanced chip manufacturing equipment. According to the news, Kwon Oh-hyun, Samsung's co-CEO for chip and other parts business, played a key role in the deal, and he visited Apple's headquarters last month.
"Power Wu Hyun may have persuaded Apple executives to take advantage of both sides on the OLED screen in close cooperation," the industry news said. Samsung is currently the world's largest mobile OLED screen manufacturer, the market share of up to 95%, is also coming this year's new iPhone's exclusive OLED screen suppliers.
Samsung has been the main chip maker of Apple until 2013. That year, TSMC became the iPhone chip's exclusive foundry. Through the use of more efficient than the opponent in advance of 7 nanometer process, TSMC successfully won next year's iPhone OEM orders. Reported that Samsung will assume part of next year's iPhone chip orders.
Samsung plans to complete the independent testing of the new chip manufacturing machine in the near future, and then seek to obtain Apple's final approval for chip production. TSMC is now the world's largest chip foundry company, a share of 50.6%.
According to Apple's dual supplier strategy, this is an inevitable choice.
As a semiconductor consumption of large enterprises, a well-known brand, a majority of profits will be pressed on the same product on the enterprise, Apple has always been the choice of its suppliers cautious, for their supply are also considered. In order to better ensure the supply of its upstream components, Apple has been taking a dual supplier strategy.
The so-called dual-vendor strategy, is to put a variety of components to the two considerable strength of the factory to OEM, such as display, memory, storage and other components chip. The advantage of this strategy is that the cost of components will be due to competition between the two factories, while maintaining a low level. And if one of the problems can not meet the demand for production, there is another one can quickly make up, which greatly reduces the risk of insufficient production capacity.
Over the past decade, the dual supplier strategy to solve the problem of Apple's product capacity to help Apple become the world's highest level of supply chain management one of the enterprises. It is also this efficient supply chain management strategy, so that Apple to the peak.
Prior to the iPhone 6S, Apple on the main chip foundry, there should be no dual supplier strategy, but because of the difference and its reasons, Apple A9 chip to take a dual supplier strategy. Because the foundry manufacturers Samsung and TSMC are using the latest technology soon, Samsung's capacity expansion slow, and TSMC and bounce is known, any one problem is very likely, if the bet on a person, The risk can be imagined, so Apple desperately to take a dual supplier strategy to prevent if one of the problems, you can make up another vacancy. Unfortunately, in the move, there has been a "chip door" incident.
So in the A10 and all returned to TSMC foundry.
Re-choose Samsung, TSMC face new challenges
With the advance in the new technology, Samsung has also worked for the OEM chip for the work.