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Apple slashes Samsung’s iPhone 5 involvement says supply chain

Apple slashes Samsung’s iPhone 5 involvement says supply chain

Samsung's memory and displays will be absent from the first batch of Apple's new iPhone, insiders claim, after pricing and legal disagreements saw the Cupertino firm slash orders from its long-time rival. Patent fight tensions and arguments over costs have led to a stalemate of sorts, insiders tell Reuters and Bloomberg, though Apple is also believed to be working to reduce its reliance on any one individual company. However, Apple hasn't been able to entirely oust Samsung from its iPhone 5 supply chain: the processor powering the new smartphone will apparently still be produced by the South Korean firm.

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Qualcomm grabs Intel Atom chief for Snapdragon drive

Qualcomm grabs Intel Atom chief for Snapdragon drive

Qualcomm has snatched up a formerly key Intel exec, Anand Chandrasekher, who will now run marketing and external comms for the company as CMO. Chandrasekher was until recently senior VP and general manager for Intel's Ultra Mobility Group and responsible for the Atom processor that forms the company's mobile strategy. However, it's the possibility of ARM chips in laptops, desktops and servers that looks to be whetting Qualcomm's appetite.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 23, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 23, 2012

This morning it's a time of easing - but perhaps before the storm, if you know what I mean. It appears that you'll be able to order a MacBook Pro with Retina Display with delivery inside two weeks. On the other hand, the Google Nexus 7 is all but sold out across the whole entire earth! The Canon EOS M is up for pre-order and supplies are already racking up short. There's a transparent Nintendo 3DS XL out there somewhere on the planet, but the company isn't budging on sales.

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Samsung signs deal to produce Qualcomm’s 28nm chips

Samsung signs deal to produce Qualcomm’s 28nm chips

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon S4 processors, built on a 28nm process, have proven so popular that TSMC has said that it's struggling to manufacture the chips. Qualcomm has recognized that it needs to keep up with demand, and has signed an agreement with an unlikely partner: Samsung. The terms of the deal with Samsung haven’t been disclosed, but an additional partner, United Microelectronics, will begin making 28nm chips by the fourth quarter of this year.

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GlobalFoundries apes Intel with 3D 20nm chips

GlobalFoundries apes Intel with 3D 20nm chips

There was an interesting little nugget of information in the TSMC financial results this morning. The company was planning to develop 20nm manufacturing capabilities, but they’re not the only ones hoping to achieve that goal. GlobalFoundries has announced that it has installed specialty production tools at its New York plant capable of 3D stacking 20nm chips.

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iPhone 5 LTE release date tipped via Qualcomm shortage

iPhone 5 LTE release date tipped via Qualcomm shortage

This week it appears that the next generation iPhone 5 may have been inadvertently tipped by Qualcomm's quarterly earnings call via a supply issue warning for analysts tracking their mobile chipsets. The chipsets that are, in particular, seeing a strain on supply at the moment are their new 28-nm modem chips made to power the next generation of LTE speed devices. Qualcomm Chief Executive Paul Jacobs spoke to analysts saying that "demand went so far ahead of availability that we've decided to start spending more money to get more supply as soon as possible."

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28nm production halt could delay Snapdragon S4 products

28nm production halt could delay Snapdragon S4 products

Qualcomm have so far avoided chasing cores, saying that Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core chip is “overkill”. Instead the company is hoping that the latest version of its Snapdragon chip, the S4 “Krait”, will provide enough performance with just two cores. While development platforms have gone out to various publications and developers for testing, the 28nm chip could be facing production delays, which would have a knock-on effect on phones like the HTC One X and One S.

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Apple details supply chain in annual responsibility report

Apple details supply chain in annual responsibility report

Apple's supply chain is one of the more closely guarded secrets in the tech world; even simply confirming you have the Cupertino company in your order book has been enough to see some companies lose contracts. However Apple itself has spilled the beans on the rolodex it flips through when it needs a new iPhone screen or iPad radio, detailing the firms [pdf link] which together account for 97-percent of procurement expenditures for materials, manufacturing and assembly of products worldwide.

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