War of the patents is likely to estrange two biggest tech giants. Insiders claim that Samsung’s memory chips, including NAND and DRAM, will not be included in the upcoming iPhone device, as Apple has shifted focus to other suppliers to diversify the next iDevices’ system components.
Samsung is the largest supplier of various hardware parts that are used in the iPhone. It ranges from memory chips – including the Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) and NAND flash, the internal storage used for storing media – display panels, and processors. According to insiders, both companies had a disagreement about pricing on the new components, but more likely, recent court battles between the two rivals is the major cause for the carve up. Despite that, Samsung’s displays will still be included in the initial batches of the new iPhone, which the company is expected to unveil next week at a press event. Meanwhile, the ARM architecture processors used in the iPhone, iPad and iPhone touch, are also unlikely to be changed for now.
To work on replacement parts, Apple has purportedly chosen Japan’s electronics conglomerate Toshiba, Elpida Memory, as well as Korean’s SK Hynix, all of whom will provide NAND and DRAM chips in the forthcoming Apple devices.
“Samsung is still in the list of initial memory chip suppliers (for new iPhones). But Apple orders have been trending down and Samsung is making up for the reduced order from others, notably Samsung’s handset business.” – says source.
“Orders to SK Hynix for both mobile DRAM and NAND flash memory chips from Apple have risen in recent months,” – another anonymous source added.
Samsung also recently crossed the 20 million mark for the number of Galaxy S III units sold. The device achieved the milestone in approx. 100 days – that’s about 200,000 units per day. The Android based flagship is powered by an in-house Quad-core Exynos chip and 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD. It comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out-of-the-box.
The Cupertino, Calf. based company had accused the South Korean giant for infringing its various patents in the Samsung Galaxy devices. The patent suit rewarded Apple worth $1.05 billion, the largest sum of money to have ever claimed in a patent suite. The US company has now filled another court hearing for the ban of Galaxy S III devices from US shores, for which it claims to have infringed further patents down the road.