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  •  The heart of the iPhone is produced... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...deep in the heart of Texas.

    Recently Reuters reported that the A5 processors used in Apple's iPhones and iPads are manufactured by Samsung's plant located in Texas...

    Reuters - Exclusive: Made in Texas: Apple's A5 iPhone 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.

    Semiconductor companies are attracted to Austin because of a steady supply of educated employees from the University of Texas' engineering school.

    Samsung has added about 1,100 jobs to support the new non-memory chip production in the factory, which produces 40,000 silicon wafers every month, a Samsung spokeswoman said.

    The rest of Samsung's total 2,400 employees in Austin work in its NAND flash memory factory by the logic chip factory, she added.

    Education = jobs. Who knew?

    So how about dem Apples?

    "Cannibals prefer those who have no spines." ~ Stanislaw Lem

    by BlogDog on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 06:25:00 AM PST

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