Despite the fact that Apple and Samsung are locked in a take-no-prisoners battle for smartphone supremacy, the two massive global corporations have managed to grit their teeth and sign a deal for Apple A9 processor chips, destined for a future iPhone 7.
Such chips will eventually enable Surround Computing, where the computer will fade into the background.
Frankly, if you are Samsung, why wouldn’t you raise Apple’s prices? A price increase could be simply a bargaining chip in an attempt to reach a settlement, or it could be Samsung’s way of recouping the billion-plus dollars it is obligated to pay Apple.
Computer chips are currently made using ultraviolet light at 193 to 248 nanometers: literally, printed with light. Cymer and ASML are shrinking the ultraviolet laser beam down to just 13.5 nanometers.
Chips are the brains of everything electronic. And like anything generated by software programs and high-tech factories, they can have flaws. Intel learned this the hard way today as it announced that it had a bug in a companion chip for its popular Sandy Bridge graphics-processor chips for PCs. The mistake will cost the company $300 million in lost sales and $700 million in repairs — making it the biggest such problem the company has ever seen.