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  • Samsung Confirmed to be A7 Chip Manufacturer


    Apple seems to have turned to Samsung to manufacture its new 64-bit A7 processor that powers the flagship iPhone 5S according to an analysis-on-a-chip. The silicon experts at Chipworks recently revealed that the new A7 ARM CPU, custom designed by Apple, was in fact fabricated by Samsung. They are still looking for further details but they suspect that the processor will utilize Samsung’s 28-nanometer Hi K metal Gate. If the prediction is accurate it would mean that Apple is using the same process as the Galaxy S4’s Exynos Application processor.

    Chipworks also found the new M7 motion coprocessor inside the iPhone 5S, which is labeled as the NXP LPC18A1. It’s based on the LPC1800 series Cortx-M3 microcontrollers made by NXP. As for the enhanced camera found in the iPhone 5S, the iSight module was discovered to be a custom Exmor-RS sensor from Sony. Other parts in the handset include a touchscreen controller from Broadcom, an LTE modem by Qualcomm and NAND flash from SK Hynix.

    The iPhone 5S CPU has been of much speculation as all of the custom A-series chips to date have been built by Samsung. There have been many indications that Apple would prefer to move away from Samsung and potentially move to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., for its chip production as Samsung is Apple’s chief competitor in a number of markets. The Cupertino California company has worked in recent years to lessen its reliance on Samsung for other key parts such as the flash memory found in the iPhone and iPad. To date, Samsung’s Silicon fabrication facilities in Austin, Texas have been responsible for all A-series chips.

    Source: Chipworks
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Samsung Confirmed to be A7 Chip Manufacturer started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. Mahboi's Avatar
      Mahboi -
      This will make it easy for them to make their own 64-bit smartphone, probably with more RAM as well to make better use of it.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mahboi View Post
      This will make it easy for them to make their own 64-bit smartphone, probably with more RAM as well to make better use of it.
      They won't make better use of it. They'll just add it w/ some big numbers and advertise that to the masses
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mahboi View Post
      This will make it easy for them to make their own 64-bit smartphone, probably with more RAM as well to make better use of it.
      Doesn't matter right now because android isn't 64bit and they rely on Google to write it.
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Yes, if google doesn't update the OS, then there is absolutely no reason to put a 64 bit chip to run 100% 32 bit applications.
    1. Venom1234's Avatar
      Venom1234 -
      Kit Kat will be 64 bit
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Kit Kat might be 64 bit but then Samsung has to make there own version.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mahboi View Post
      This will make it easy for them to make their own 64-bit smartphone, probably with more RAM as well to make better use of it.
      Samsung does NOT need apple's chip to make their own as they license the technology the same as apple does. You are 100% right though about them including more RAM to take advantage of the 64bit processor.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      Samsung does NOT need apple's chip to make their own as they license the technology the same as apple does. You are 100% right though about them including more RAM to take advantage of the 64bit processor.
      The A7 in the 5S is designed by Apple... Samsung is only there to manufacture it because it is cheaper for them to pay Samsung then to build their own facility.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I really hope the next iPads get this chip.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      I really hope the next iPads get this chip.
      I hope they get TouchID. I'm loving that feature!