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Samsung will now fill the void by making chips for the likes of Qualcomm and even for its own products

If Apple and Samsung's turbulent relationship was made into a soap opera, this episode would feature continued separation between the two and Apple's "other lover."

Apple recently signed a new supply deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) for iPhone and iPad chips. These orders from Apple will reportedly account for 8 percent of TSMC's 2014 total revenue if Apple buys 30 percent of its chips there, according to Credit Suisse analysts.

If Apple bumps this up to 60 percent in 2015, it will make up 15 percent of TSMC's revenue for that year. 

Apple has been distancing itself from Samsung due to competition between Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Android-powered smartphones (such as the Galaxy line). The two have also had an ugly patent war that has soured relations over the years.

Apple's new deal with TSMC isn't great news for Samsung, but it will likely fill the void by making chips for the likes of Qualcomm and even for its own products. 

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At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) back in January, 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. In fact, Samsung has been supplying Exynos quad-core chips to Chinese smartphone company Meizu and also to Lenovo's K860 LePhone.

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.

It's unlikely that Apple will give all of its chips business to TSMC, since it doesn't want to put all of its eggs in one basket. TSMC will begin supplying the processors in early 2014. 

Chips aren't the only hardware Apple and Samsung are phasing out in their relationship. Samsung Display, which has provided Apple with liquid crystal display (LCD) panels for its iPhones and iPads over the years, officially severed its contract with the iDevice maker last fall. Samsung cited cost as the main issue, since Apple has started using Samsung competitors with better prices for displays. Hence, Apple was expecting bigger discounts from Samsung. 

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, Market Watch

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RE: Samsung displays
By retrospooty on 7/2/2013 3:18:24 PM , Rating: 2
"It's fine if you don't want it, but that wasn't the claim you made.You directly claimed that nobody cares about Plasma"

I was responding to Takin who said "nobody cares about LCD". Regardless of IQ, or any other feature LCD outsells plasma by a longshot, clearly if any of the 2 arent "cared" about its Plasma.

"You also indirectly backed up your incest twin-brother/father Reclaimers point that people who like Plasma haven't realised that LCD has caught up or surpassed it - like it's some kind of objective truth that LCD is better"
Actually I was backing up that he called it, what he said about Takin. If you'd bother to read before insulting, you would see that I do see plasma as a tad better IQ, but I dont like the glare therefore Its not what I want. Beyond that, I was only saying that most people buy LCD for a reason. As I mentioned, people aren't going onto the stores and saying "I want the more expensive one with the lesser IQ". It's selling for a reason.

RE: Samsung displays
By testerguy on 7/3/2013 2:03:10 AM , Rating: 2
Nobody <> Minority.

RE: Samsung displays
By TakinYourPoints on 7/7/2013 10:07:31 PM , Rating: 2
Figures of speech seem to be out of your wheelhouse.

If i say "nobody cares about Justin Beiber", what I mean is clear. Maybe I should have said "nobody who cares about quality cares about LCD"

That work for you? :)

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