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Apple Continues to Move Away from Samsung By Purchasing Memory from Japan

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Apple is one of Samsung’s biggest customers–but that business relationship has continued to go sour due to continued patent lawsuits between the two companies. Samsung’s title as the largest component supplier is slowly eroding as Apple diversifies its suppliers.

Digitimes is now reporting Apple has started to purchase more NAND flash parts and mobile RAM memory from suppliers in Japan, notably Toshiba and Elpida Memory, according to industry sources.

Apple has moved to reduce its reliance on memory supplies from Samsung Electronics, the sources claimed. The vendor has procured more NAND flash parts from Toshiba, and mobile RAM from Elpida, the sources indicated.

The reason for Apple diversifying its suppliers is based on the ongoing patent lawsuits between the two companies, sources say. Apple has already turned to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to produce next-generation processors such as the A6 and beyond, in a move to reduce reliance on Samsung for silicon design. Reports of TSMC taking on trial production of the A6 were first heard back in mid-July. Other reports have reported Apple turning to Sharp as a new supplier for for manufacturing high quality Retina Displays.

When you copy your biggest customer’s designs, I’m pretty sure that doesn’t help motivate them to continue giving you business.

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  • xxJDxx

    Good. I like samsung and their products, but the way they were starting to rip off apple was getting ridiculous….

  • Ryan

    “When you ALLEGEDLY copy your biggest customer’s designs, I’m pretty sure that doesn’t help motivate them to continue giving you business.”

    Let the law decide if in fact they did!

    But just a thought that crossed my mind after reading this article: Maybe the reason the next generation iPhone/s are delayed is simply because Samsung is causing the delay to harm the sales especially since their SII is finally fully launched globally right before the next generation iPhone/s is even announced!

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