Samsung Shys Away From Apple, Plans To Sell Chips to Chinese Smartphone Makers Instead
January 10, 2013 11:14 AM
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Samsung's Stephen Woo
Apple will purchase about $8.8 billion USD worth of chips from Samsung this year, but then decline
With Samsung and Apple's relationship turning sour in recent years due to patent litigation, Samsung recognizes that it must move on and
supply its chips elsewhere
-- and it's looking to new Chinese entrants in the mobile market.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, Samsung's President of LSI business Stephen Woo said that it's crucial for the South Korean electronics maker to focus on alternatives to Apple when it comes to the chip sector.
"As there are just two smartphone makers that are doing really well, chipmakers supplying them have grown in tandem. So we plan to bolster our relationship with those key customers," said Woo.
"(We) should diversify our customer base and are making such efforts already, adding some Chinese customers. We see emerging players who have potential to grow in smartphones and we will continue to make efforts to supply them with our chips."
Samsung has already made a bit of headway in its latest decision. It has been supplying Exynos quad-core chips to Chinese smartphone company Meizu and also to Lenovo's K860 LePhone.
Samsung is forced to move on to other chip customers now that Apple has turned into an enemy. Samsung was the main supplier of Apple's iPhone and iPad chips, which made up a bulk of Samsung's chip-making efforts along with its own Galaxy line. However, after a
nasty patent war
broke out between the two nearly two years ago, Apple has been distancing itself and will make its own chips.
According to Goldman Sachs, Apple will purchase about $8.8 billion USD worth of chips from Samsung this year, which is about 80 percent of Apple's allowance for processors, memory chips and screens. But Apple is expected to move 30 percent of its business away from Samsung next year and about 80 percent by 2017 -- meaning Samsung better find new clients.
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RE: Reality check
1/10/2013 12:13:14 PM
Also I don't believe Apple will make it's own chips as the article states. Apple has no fabs and to my knowledge has no plans to make any... if they do then THAT is pretty big news. It is my understanding they are moving their business from Samsung to TSMC NOT internal.
RE: Reality check
1/10/2013 12:48:23 PM
Apple is said to be moving business to TSMC.
RE: Reality check
1/11/2013 10:42:01 AM
They are also spending billions to equip and gain exclusive access to certain fabs and manufacturing facilities. In essence, they are building their own manufacturing base without taking on the risks of ownsership, staffing and local politicking. Why? Imagine the furore if Apple directly employed workers in China - that just one tiny example of how they're passing risk to anyone else.
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