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Still together: New analysis finds Samsung A7 inside iPhone 5S

Apple's A7 processor has a dual-core CPU and quad-core GPU. Nikkei's findings echo Chipworks' earlier analysis.Apple’s A7 processor has a dual-core CPU and quad-core GPU. Nikkei’s findings echo Chip works’ prior prognosis.

The thriller of the Apple-Samsung relationship remains generally unsolved. However Japan’s Nikkei offered extra evidence on Monday that chip-stage relationships are onerous to finish.

The implications of a prior Nikkei Electronics’ diagnosis have been printed in Monday’s Nihon Keizer Shim bun, Japan’s greatest industry daily. The prognosis showed a Samsung-manufactured A7 processor within the 5S.

This follows prognosis done in September with the aid of Chip works that also showed a Samsung-made A7.

The A7 is Apple’s latest processor that is used within the iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad Mini Retina. It is the first sixty four-bit processor for use in a consumer smartphone.

Nikkei Electronics, once more echoing Chip works analysis, stated the A7 is built on Samsung’s 28-nanometer manufacturing course of — more developed than the 32-nanometer Samsung process used for the older A6 chip.

The newsletter discovered a twin-core CPU (central processing unit) and quad-core GPU (images processing unit). The latter is in response to a design from creativeness technologies.

So, how lengthy will this Apple-Samsung relationship continue? Of course no one but Apple and Samsung be aware of the answer to that question. however a source who is aware of global contract manufacturing relationships instructed CNET recently that Apple has been working with TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing firm), the most important chip contract producer in the world.

And Global foundries, AMD’s erstwhile manufacturing operations, could also be a possible supply of producing, the source stated.

The moral of the story is that it is vitally tough to wind down chip manufacturing relationships. It could possibly take so long as 5 years, the supply said.