Korean media: Samsung to make SSDs for MacBook Air

16 Mar

Is solid-state drive (SSD) becoming a standard in high-end laptop computers? The South Korean media reported that Samsung Electronics will fabricate SSDs for Apple’s MacBook Air with a total order value of up to billions of dollars, which can drive the South Korean company’s annual profit to a new high.

According to a report by Korea Times on March 13, two sources directly involved in the Samsung-Apple chip deal disclosed that Samsung will be helping Apple make SSD storage devices using V-NAND technology. One of the sources said the deal is worth “a few billion dollars.” The report said Samsung’s factory in Xian, China will produce the chips for Apple.

The other source told the South Korean media that Samsung’s SSD products using V-NAND technology has a significant improvement in performance and endurance, when compared to its predecessors, and hence is more ideal for high-end laptops. This source also said Samsung is the only company that currently “mass produces” the products.

In a recent statement, Kim Ki-nam, head of Samsung’s memory chip division, told the media that the company is expected to report stellar profit performance in the first quarter of this year. It is believed the projection was made as a result of the massive SSD orders obtained from Apple.

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