Samsung to reportedly start making chips for AMD next year
The South Korean chip giant Samsung already makes processors for companies like Apple and Nvidia. Now, it is being reported that it might start manufacturing CPUs for AMD next year. According to the Electronic Times, Samsung’s chip manufacturing arm and Global Foundries will jointly start producing a central processing chip for AMD in 2016.
The report, which cites unnamed sources, claims that this chip will be based on the company’s 14nm fabrication technology. Samsung already uses this 14nm FinFET technology to make its homegrown Exynos 7420 SoC, which is being used in its flagship smartphones like the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 as well as in the Meizu Pro 5.
Due to decline in profits from its smartphone business, the company is trying to increase the client base of its components business. TSMC is jointly manufacturing Apple’s A9 chipset along with Samsung, though the former’s chips are slightly larger than the ones made by Samsung due to a different in manufacturing process.