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Apple has ordered the Samsung processors for Apple Watch
For many years Apple is seeking to reduce its purchases from its main rival Samsung. However, in the case of Apple Watch California corporation could not do without the help of a South Korean partner. According to information from the Taiwan branch of the resource Digitimes, Apple has ordered 3,000 to 4,000 12-inch wafers for the production of systems on a chip with ultra-low power S1.
Instead of the traditional solutions PCB (printed circuit board) in hours Apple uses SiP-platform . System-in-Package includes all necessary right to operate the device components (sensors, graphics card, memory, etc.) In other words, there is no clock in the conventional system board representation, instead, the processor and the controller is within a single housing. If we believe the sources, Apple has signed a contract for the supply of the microprocessor with Samsung.
“Within the system of SiP-S1 will be in processor production Samsung. It also includes a main memory DRAM, flash memory NAND flash and other peripheral chips. Collect SiP-ins for Apple Watch is Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) », – writes Digitimes.
IC chip inside Apple S1 should be of a size of a few square millimeters, and have extremely low power consumption, but at the same time provide a sufficiently high computing performance. To create such a chip requires not only top-notch developers, but also finer process technology, sharpened by the device with ultra-low power consumption. Samsung is one of the few manufacturers who are able to complete the task.
On the eve reported that the deterioration of the situation in the smartphone market , where over the past two years, the South Korean giant has received two-thirds of its profits in Seoul are going to compensate for the market success of semiconductor products. That is what helped Samsung to recover from the third quarter – the worst in the last three years.
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