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Samsung Vying to Re-Enter Apple's iPhone NAND Chip Supply Chain


News out of Korea today is stating that Samsung is trying to re-enter Apple's supply chain for NAND chips. The report notes that "For the current iPhone 6 models, Toshiba, SK Hynix and SanDisk are the top three suppliers, with the portion of 50 percent, 30 percent and 20 percent. But Samsung is trying to get a share of that business.


SK Hynix handled NAND chips with 16GB capacity for the iPhone 6, while Toshiba of Japan supplied the Apple device with the largest capacity, 128GB. The main reason Samsung lost Apple's NAND chip business for the iPhone 6 was over price.


Samsung Electronics is now challenging Toshiba to supply flash memory chips for Apple's next iPhones ― tentatively named the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus ― as Apple moves to increase the storage capacity of its flagship products.


The new report further noted that "As Apple plans to increase its shipments of the mid-range iPhone models with larger capacities amid growing consumer demand for data-intensive features, including cloud services, Samsung Electronics is in talks to sell more of its flash chips for the next models."


While the source for the story noted that there's no agreement of a contract yet due to tough negotiations over pricing and guaranteed shipments still in progress, they went on to state that "Samsung's chip factory in Xian, China, is testing the stability and durability of its latest NAND chips before initial shipments begin." That's likely a sign that Samsung is more than likely to push their way back into Apple's NAND memory supply chain.


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