Apple and Samsung’s relationship is turning from bad to worse, the Cupertino tech giant is now making moves to reduce its reliance on supplies from the Korean electronics company, turning to Japanese suppliers.
DigiTimes has reported that Apple has tapped Elpida Memory and Toshiba for its orders of NAND flash and DRAM. This move by the company comes after the continued legal dispute between the two tech companies in a number of countries, which include the United States, Australia, and parts of Asia and Europe.
“Apple has moved to reduce its reliance on memory supplies from Samsung Electronics, the sources claimed,” the article states. “The vendor has procured more NAND flash parts from Toshiba, and mobile RAM from Elpida, the sources indicated.”
The site’s sources also suggested that the legal dispute has been the “key to encouraging” Apple to get supplies from other companies. Last week, Apple has closed a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor manufacturing Co. to make two generations of the company’s processors, the A6 and A7. The deal takes away the manufacturing rights of Samsung, the company that produced Apple’s A4 and A5 chips.
Apple’s deal with Toshiba and Elpida Memory will significantly affect the revenue of Samsung, as Apple has been one of their biggest clients. Samsung is the largest supplier of NAND flash memory, producing a third of the global market. The company also has a 40 percent share of the DRAM market.