The news which I am going to reveal in front you will simultaneously make you glad as well as surprise too. The processor at the heart of the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 bucks the trend. The chip is now been manufactured by a huge facility in Austin, Texas by Samsung.
Consider this to be the repatriation of the production of the A5 chip:
“The A5 processor – the brain in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 – is now made in a sprawling 1.6 million square feet factory in Austin owned by Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics, according to people familiar with the operation.
One of the few major components to be sourced from within the United States, the A5 processor is built by Samsung in a newly constructed $3.6 billion non-memory chip production line that reached full production in early December.
Nearly all of the output of the non-memory chip production from the factory – which is the size of about nine football fields – is dedicated to producing Apple chips, one of the people said. Samsung also produces NAND flash memory chips in Austin.”
In total, Samsung employs 1,100 people at the Texas facility just for processor production. A further 1,300 focus on flash memory manufacturing, but it’s clear this one factory is a major positive for the state and Austin’s economy in particular.
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