Apple reportedly eyes up alternative memory chip suppliers

Apple reportedly eyes up alternative memory chip suppliers

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Apple is reportedly investigating flash representation chips from alternate suppliers arsenic it seeks to trim its vulnerability to disruption successful its proviso chain.

NAND representation chips are utilized successful a wide assortment of user electronics and the marketplace is heavy commoditised, taxable to fluctuations successful price, and adheres to ‘just-in-time’ inventories.

Apple sources these components from a assortment of sources, including marketplace leaders Samsung and SK Hynix. However, Bloomberg says problems astatine Japanese steadfast Kioxia earlier this twelvemonth person demonstrated a imaginable weakness successful its existent approach.

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While existing suppliers are expected to capable immoderate shortfall, Apple is said to beryllium discussing the anticipation of utilizing flash chips from Chinese vendor Yangtze. 

Any woody would beryllium a immense boost for China, which wants to go a bigger subordinate successful semiconductors to boost its exertion manufacture and summation its independence.

However, the concern is inactive speculative astatine contiguous and it is thought Yangtze’s exertion is simply a procreation down the marketplace leaders. However, its chips could beryllium utilized to powerfulness mid-range devices similar the iPhone SE and would beryllium person to Apple’s main assembler Foxconn, which is besides predominantly based successful China.

Such an statement would besides triumph favour with Beijing fixed Apple’s accumulation ecosystem determination supports millions of jobs. It had been antecedently suggested Apple could determination up to 15 and 30% of its activities to different countries specified arsenic India, Indonesia, Malaysia oregon Mexico successful bid to trim its ain vulnerability to a azygous country.

Some iPhone 13 accumulation has now been moved to India. 

The institution has been contacted by TechRadar Pro for comment.

Via Bloomberg

Steve McCaskill is TechRadar Pro's nonmigratory mobile manufacture expert, covering each aspects of the UK and planetary news, from operators to work providers and everything successful between. He is simply a erstwhile exertion of Silicon UK and writer with implicit a decade's acquisition successful the exertion industry, penning astir technology, successful particular, telecoms, mobile and sports tech, sports, video games and media. 

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