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It’s amazing to me that this didn’t happen any sooner, but it looks like Apple may be breaking up with Samsung. And I will give everyone one guess what the top reason is that they are doing this. That’s right, they have been fighting over PATENTS.
According to CNET and Taiwan Economic News Apple is considering a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) for the processors and other chips that go in its mobile products like the iPad, iPhone , and iPod Touch.
I am sure feuding about the patents had some influence in the decision, but I think that TSMC’s 20 nanometer technology may be a bigger reason. For those who don’t know, this means a smaller processor is possible and more efficient. Currently, Apple has commissioned Samsung to build it’s A6 processor which uses a 32 nanometer design for the iPhone and iPad.
If Apple does make this move it would be a huge loss in revenue for Samsung. On the other side, TSMC would be seeing a huge spike in growth, but its current customers might see less attention. We will keep our readers up to date as things unfold.