Samsung Electronics will again be producing chips for Apple's new iphone next year after TSMC took the iphone chip OEM order in 2013, the Korean Herald reported July 18 in Beijing time. Samsung has recently purchased a Ultra violet lithography machine designed to produce 7 NM mobile processors for the iphone. Ultra-violet lithography machine is the most advanced chip manufacturing equipment.
Samsung, the co-CEO for Chip and other parts, Kwon Oh-hyun, has played a key role in the deal, and he visited Apple's headquarters last month, the news said.
"Kwon Oh-hyun may have persuaded Apple executives to take advantage of the close partnership between the two sides on OLED screens," industry news said. Samsung is currently the world's largest manufacturer of mobile OLED screens, with a market share of up to 95%, and is also the exclusive OLED screen supplier for the new iphone this year.
Samsung has been Apple's main chip on behalf of industry and commerce until 2013. That year, TSMC became the exclusive manufacturer of iphone chips. TSMC successfully won next year's iphone foundry orders by using a more efficient 7-nanometer process than its rivals. The report said Samsung would take part in next year's iphone chip orders.
Samsung plans to complete its own test of the new chip manufacturing machine in the near future, and then seeks the final approval of Apple's chip production. TSMC is now the world's largest chip foundry company, with a share of 50.6%.