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Samsung hikes up prices on Apple

The legal battles between Samsung and Apple have reached near legendary proportions. Apple won a major decision against Samsung in U.S. courts where the jury awarded Apple $1 billion in damages. Samsung is appealing that ruling and is even trying to get the case thrown out of court by alleging juror misconduct.

Apple lost a patent infringement suit against Samsung in Europe and was forced to run apology ads in major publications stating that Samsung did not copy the iPad.
 
Reports are now coming in that Samsung Electronics has recently raised the price it charges for mobile processors to Apple. Samsung supplies the processors for the popular Apple iPad and iPhone.

According to a source claiming to be familiar with negotiations between the companies, Samsung increased the price of processors it provides the Apple by 20%.

"Samsung Electronics recently asked Apple for a significant price raise in (the mobile processor known as) application processor," the person was quoted as saying in the report. "Apple first disapproved it, but finding no replacement supplier, it accepted the (increase.)"

Apple was, understandably, was unhappy with the price hike and initially refused to pay it. However, it came back and agreed to pay the additional costs when no alternative provider could be found.
 
The source also says that Apple buys all of its application processors from Samsung and purchased an estimated 130 million units last year. The source also estimates that Apple will purchase over 200 million application processors from Samsung this year.
 
One last tidbit the source noted was that Samsung has a long-term contract to provide the application processors to Apple that runs through 2014. Neither Apple nor Samsung have officially commented.

Source: Market Watch



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RE: Ouch!!
By XZerg on 11/12/2012 2:44:07 PM , Rating: 1
3-4 years at minimum to get the fab going and producing at a decent yield. by then the entire industry would have moved on to the next generation manufacturing: 450mm wafers + FinFET. IIRC optical communication is right around the corner of that - 2016-2018...

There is a limit to vertical integration and going beyond a certain point can fracture the entire business model for various reasons such as over-commitment in one section or under-performance in another...

Apple, if they do launch a fab, it may be for many years specifically used for smaller basic i/o chips rather than doing processors. If and when they master it and catch up to the rest of the fab industry on technology nodes, may jump on to making cpus. So maybe a decade or so away.


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