Apple ditching Samsung processors could take over a year

Apple ditching Samsung processors could take over a yearLast week we heard from the incomparable DigiTimes that Apple might ditch Samsung as its processor supplier as early as next year, amid rumours of price hikes – and continued courtroom brawling.

In similar news, we’re hearing again that Apple is looking to move away from Samsung, but that realistically it’d take a good 12-18 months.

The latest Apple/Samsung processor musings come from RBC Capital’s Amit Daryanani, who scribbled his thoughts in a research note to clients on Friday before heading down the pub.

“Shifting chip manufacturers isn’t easy and requires a complete redo of production and manufacturing process,” begins Daryanani. “Hence, these changes will take 12-18 months at minimum and won’t be commercially sold ’til 2014.”

We’re told Apple has four options in its post-Samsung world. Firstly, as suggested by DigiTimes, it might turn to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

There’s also Intel, though there were rumours that Apple was looking to shift away from Intel processors in its Macs. Not that that necessarily precludes anything in the smartphone world, I guess.

There’s also Global Foundries, currently working closely with ARM on a 20-nanometer chip.

Finally, Apple could go it alone, though this is seen as the least likely option.

Yeah, we reckon the above is a lot more palatable than last week’s story. No offence, DigiTimes.

via: BGR

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Pondlife  Dec. 3, 2012 at 13:01

the two rumours aren't incompatible depends when the 12-18 months to change was started, that said still smells like rotten fish


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