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Samsung awarded iPod chip deal

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By LC Angell

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Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
News Categories: iPod

An executive from Samsung revealed today the company has won the contract to provide the processors in Apple’s next-generation iPods, apparently taking the partner position that PortalPlayer said it lost last week. “I knew that we would win this design,” Jon Kang, senior VP for the technical marketing group at Samsung Semiconductor, said during a presentation at the SEMI Strategic Business Conference. “We won the design with the iPod.” Kang referred to the company’s chip as a “PortalPlayer killer” and said that Samsung, which already produces NAND flash-memory chips for the iPod nano and iPod shuffle, has been working with Apple for a long time. “It’s a huge win for us,” he said.

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1

Huh? why are they happy? dont they actually compete with Apple with flash players???!???

Posted by matt on April 26, 2006 at 1:33 PM (PDT)

2

I believe Samsung Semi is a different branch…but i kindda agree, they might steal ideas…

Posted by dead on April 26, 2006 at 1:40 PM (PDT)

3

im confused here they already have a contract to make flash memory for the ipod nano no does this mean another flash player will be release by apple or is this involving who will be making the hard drives for the suposed ipod video 2

Posted by KOOBAZI on April 26, 2006 at 1:41 PM (PDT)

4

KOOBAZI…they supply the NANDs and now they gonna also supply the processors..so pretty much its gonna be a Samsung product

Posted by dead on April 26, 2006 at 1:43 PM (PDT)

5

Does this mean tha it is going to be a new iPod nano soon, very soon. i wanted one for the last three months but waited since there are rumors of a video iPod and now a iPod nano 2nd generation. i will wait but want iPod nano so bad. i wish they introduce the new nano in the next two months. ????

Posted by Pilot on April 26, 2006 at 2:58 PM (PDT)

6

So…how much was Samsung willing to undercut the competition (and any profits) this time around?

For a company that was whining only a few weeks ago about how their flash memory sales for the various Apple products they supply had fallen below expectation, they sure seem to be anxious for more.

Posted by flatline response on April 27, 2006 at 11:09 AM (PDT)

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