Will the Chinese semiconductors to deliver for Apple? Apple is in talks with a Chinese manufacturer semiconductor technology, Yangtze Storage Storage to buy NAND flash memory, said Chinese media on 18 February. If bilateral negotiations will lead to a final agreement, the Chinese semiconductor products for the first time will be installed in the Apple iPhone ,
which is expected to be a big turning point for the promotion of China in the semiconductor industry.
According to Chinese media reports, Apple is negotiating the purchase of NAND flash memory from the Yangtze River Storage Technology, a subsidiary of China’s largest semiconductor manufacturer Tsinghua Unigroup. At the moment, Yangtze River Storage Technology is building a plant in $ 24 billion in Wuhan, China, therefore the industry experts expect that the company will be able to mass produce NAND flash memory, starting at the end of this year.
Although the initial order will be small Apple, even if they make a deal, the market pays great attention to the fact that the Chinese semiconductor company first will provide the semiconductors for Apple. If between them will be achieved bilateral agreement, Yangtze River Storage Technology will be able to deliver products next year, but the massive installation in Apple is likely to happen in a year or two, Apple will likely require strict quality standards in the first supply from the Chinese manufacturer of semiconductors.
Chinese media are predicting that NAND supplied Yangtze River Storage Technology will be included in iPhone sales in the Chinese market.
Apple, which accounts for 15% of global demand for NAND flash memory, currently buys semiconductors from Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix, Toshiba and Western Digital.
Earlier news Agency of China, Xinhua reported that the government of Chongqing, Tsinghua Unigroup and Sino IC Capital has agreed to raise 100 billion Yuan of capital to create an investment company on the production of integrated circuits (IC). Tsinghua Unigroup, a leader in the field of Chinese semiconductors, provided the technology of semiconductor design, acquired RDA Microelectronics for 900 million U.S. dollars in 2014, upgrading its technology by bringing semiconductor design companies and manufacturers in Taiwan.