Apple and Samsung are rumored to have made a deal that would see Samsung supplying at least half of the dynamic random access memory (DRAM) used in the A9 processor for Apple’s next-generation iPhone.
Word of the alleged agreement between the two rival companies was reported this week by the Korea Times, which cited an industry official familiar with the deal. It was said that Samsung could potentially take an even larger share of DRAM in the so-called “iPhone 6s” if Apple chooses.
Samsung has been a DRAM supplier to Apple in the past. Other DRAM suppliers include Toshiba, Elpida Memory, Micron, and SK Hynix.
Samsung, while an arch-rival of Apple in the phone and tablet market, has also long been a supplier pf parts for the Cupertino firm’s mobile devices. Samsung was long the sole supplier for Apple’s A-series processors, until Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co was given some of the A-series production for the iPhone 6 lineup.