Apple's A5 Chips Are Made By Samsung

Apple and Samsung aren't exactly best friends. Which is why it's quite amusing to find out that Apple's A5 processor is built on a $US3.6 billion Samsung production line in Texas.

According to Reuters, the A5 processor — used in both the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 — is made in a Samsung plant in Austin, Texas.

The factory, operational since 1996, previously made just NAND flash memory chips. But a cash injection, which means the plant has now cost Samsung $US3.6 billion and a boost in staff numbers means the production line, with over 1100 workers, now produces processors.

It seems, though, that Apple accounts for almost all of the non-flash output of the factory. Which is kind of hilarious given ongoing legal disputes between the two. [Reuters]

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