December 05, 2012 13:13
Apple is likely to speed up efforts to reduce its dependence on parts from Samsung Electronics as the two giants remain locked in a patent battle around the world.
IT market research firm Gartner forecast that Apple will probably start ordering application processors for the iPhone and iPad from other companies in the first half of next year. APs are key components that serve as the brains of smart devices, and Apple has so far relied on Samsung to supply all of them.
Gartner predicted Taiwan's TSMC will start to produce APs for the iPhone 5 next year as the chipmaker applies new 28 nanometer process technology.
Apple tried to order APs from TSMC this summer, but the plan fell through because the Taiwanese firm did not manage to move on to 28 nanometer technology in time.
Gartner said Apple could also cooperate with Intel, the world's largest chipmaker. IT news service CNET reported that Apple is considering commissioning Intel to produce in-house designed APs.
Until now, Apple has been reluctant to turn to Intel because it was wary of giving the industry powerhouse a fresh edge, but now reducing its dependence on Samsung is apparently a bigger priority.
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