Apple’s A5 Chips Are Made By Samsung

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]